New housing options service launched

Homes direct launch

Officials gathered to celebrate the launch of Homes Direct, a new housing options service to promote much needed affordable homes to rent and buy in East Northamptonshire.

The free service, which is centred on a new easy-to-use website and property shop, is open to people looking for an affordable home or at risk of becoming homeless and is managed by leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart.

A dedicated Homes Direct team, based on High Street South, Rushden, will support people to find affordable homes to rent, as well as homes for sale and properties available for exchange. The team will also help people to find solutions to their housing needs and offer advice on homelessness and claiming housing benefit.

Michelle Musgrave, Director of Customer and Communities at Midland Heart said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council to deliver Homes Direct. Midland Heart is really well placed to offer the expert advice and support needed to find a home in East Northamptonshire. Homes Direct really simplifies the process for applying for an affordable home and the team are on hand locally to help people through the process too.”Homes Direct Launch2

Clive Wood, Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “East Northamptonshire is a lovely place to live and we’re very pleased to be working with Midland Heart to help people find a suitable