On 26 November 2012 Communities Minister Don Foster MP announced a further round of funding aimed at bringing empty properties back into use. As well as tackling empty homes this new bid round has an additional emphasis on the refurbishment of empty commercial and non-residential properties as affordable housing.
Bidding for this funding is now open and bids must be submitted through the HCA’s Investment Management System (IMS) by noon 25 March 2013.
Guidance on entering bids in IMS is available in the Empty Homes round two - Guidance for bidding on IMS v1.1 - PDF (1.34MB).
In addition to entering bids on IMS, providers are also required to submit a short supporting statement setting out further details of their proposal. Full details of what is required in this statement are listed in the bidding guidance. Supporting statements should be emailed to AHPOffers@hca.gsi.gov.uk by noon 25 March 2013 and should be saved with a file name or names that clearly identifies the provider and scheme name, ideally using the same names as in the IMS bid.
Enquiries about bidding for Empty Homes additional funding should be sent to the HCA via email at AHPFAQ@hca.gsi.gov.uk.
This funding is for England outside of London only. Providers wishing to bring empty properties back into use in London should contact the Greater London Authority.