Section 1. Overview

1.7 Your allocations policy

Some housing providers suspend applicants from their waiting list if they became aware that the applicant has been charged or convicted of a racially motivated crime or have a history of complaints against them for racial harassment. This can be done while the housing provider carried out a risk assessment around any possible negative affects housing the applicant may have.

Ensure that racial harassment is given high priority within your allocations policy,
i.e.

•  identify harassment as a housing needs factor;

•  award maximum points for those suffering severe racial harassment;

•  suspend from your waiting list those who have been convicted of a racially motivated crime or have a history of complaints against them for racial harassment;

•  give priority to victims of racial harassment in the transfers policy; [The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations suggest three levels when categorising the seriousness of racial harassment i) those not safe in their home ii) those not safe in their immediate environment and iii) those not safe in their neighbourhood].

1.8 Referral arrangements with other housing providers

Set up referral arrangements with other housing providers to allow victims of racial harassment the maximum opportunities for rehousing. This is particularly of benefit when the landlord might find it difficult to offer suitable transfers because of the victim's fear of being targeted for harassment if rehoused in the same area.

1.9 Nomination agreements

Consider nomination agreements with Black & Minority ethnic organisations to assist potential tenants who are suffering racial harassment to be rehoused in a safe area.



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