Waiting List Length

We do not have a waiting list system – These Homes is a choice-based letting system.  Anyone can register with These Homes, and can then apply for priority if they have a priority need to be rehoused.

We have over 4,000 live registrations.  Each year we only have around 60-80 available properties, and of those, 50% are offered to applicants who have been assessed as homeless by East Lothian Council under homeless legislation.  At any one time, around 300 households on These Homes have homeless priority, which means that we only have 30-40 available properties per year for the remaining households.

In other words, we typically house less than 1% of our non-homeless applicants each year, and if we did not take any new applications to new non-homeless applicants today, it would still take over 100 years to house everyone.  Of the 81 households we housed in 2019-20, the average time they had been registered with our previous allocation system Homehunt was around two years, and almost all of them had a priority pass, or had special circumstances.  We have applicants who have been registered for more than 10 years, and still have very little chance of being rehoused with us.


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