The Inverclyde Common Housing Register is a partnership between Cloch Housing Association, Oak Tree Housing Association and Larkfield Housing Association. Both Cloch and Oak Tree have been advertising and allocating their properties through the ICHR. since January 2012. Inverclyde Council is a member of the steering group which decides the direction of the ICHR.
River Clyde Homes has not yet implemented the joint housing allocations policy and is not joining the ICHR. However, they are developing their own services and may become involved in joint working in the future.
Larkfield Housing Association has consulted with their applicants and tenants about joining the Inverclyde Common Housing Register and decided to merge their waiting list with the ICHR list before the end of March 2013. Larkfield manages properties in Port Glasgow for Link Housing Association and it is anticpated that Link HA will start consulting tenants about joining the ICHR from March 2013.
The ICHR partners are working with Inverclyde Council towards providing high quality housing options advice from a multi-agency 'housing hub' for our applicants. This facility would be able to provide applicants and people seeking housing access to a range of services including advice from the Homeless Team, tenancy support, financial services and access to information on the private sector. This will be based in OTHA's offices as a temporary measure from March 2013.
The ICHR partners are developing links with private landlords and intend to build on OTHI's private sector initiative to improve access to good quality housing in the private sector.