How are we responding to Coronavirus
We are well prepared for disruption caused by the virus and have a tested business continuity plan. Our response will be ‘business as usual’ as much as possible, however we have already taken some steps to prioritise the safety of residents and staff along with core business functions. Our aim will be to minimise disruption to our everyday activity and services. Where there is disruption, we would ask for your understanding and patience.
Are the offices still open?
The Customer Care Team are working from the Office, all other members are staff are mobile working. We would like you to continue to use myhomeonline and the website, which hold lots of useful information which is available to you 24/7.
You should also continue to contact us via myhomeonline or email us instead of telephone us, this will help us to answer your query quicker or refer your enquiry to a member of the Team who can assist you.
We have introduced new functionalities on myhomeonline for residents, including paying your rent without the need for your swipe card.
Should I sign-up to myhomeonline, the resident portal?
If you have not already done so, we would ask that you now sign-up to use myhomeonline. The portal offers a range of self-service options and will help to minimise calls during what we expect to be a busy and pressurised time.
It is quick and easy to sign up, you can register using the following link: https://www.myhomeonline.org.uk/midsrur/www/dashboard. If you need help, email us and we can register for you.
Will the Association’s staff and contractors still attend appointments?
We will be carrying out appointments if alternative options in place of physical meetings are not possible. Staff will talk to you about this and the measure they will be taking to ensure everyone is safe.
Some of our Contractors are attending to appointments as normal. Other Contractors are concentrating on the backlog pre-lockdown. We will be starting to report non emergency repairs from 1st July to all our Contractors. Please bear with us during the first month, as there will be an influx of repairs, so if your repair can wait a little longer we would be grateful if you could report this in late July. Up to date details can be found in our repairs section.
Has the contact number changed?
Can I still report repairs in the usual way?
Yes, but we will only report emergency repairs, any non-emergency repairs we will delay reporting until 1st July or later if your repair can wait. Up to date details can be found in our repairs section.
Do I need to tell the Association if I or anyone in my household have symptoms; have COVID-19; or are self isolating?
If you display any symptoms like those of the virus you should seek immediate medical advice and follow guidance available from public authorities. Current advice can be found on the NHS website.
You should inform the Association so we are aware, you can email us your name, address, and period you are self isolating for.
If you have an appointment with the Association’s staff or contractors, you should let us know so we can rearrange this for a later date, when it would be safe to attend. If the appointment is to resolve an emergency, staff will talk through options with you based on the circumstances.
I am calling on behalf of a relative, friend or neighbour who is a resident. Will the Association be able to talk with me?
Data protection restrictions can make it difficult for us to talk about residents without consent. The best approach would be to call with the resident present, so they can verify that you have their consent. We will always try and be as helpful to callers as we can.
What should I do if I am struggling to pay my rent?
We recognise that one impact of the virus might be on the ability to work or access financial support. If you are having any problems paying your rent please contact your Housing Officer who can offer further advice based on your circumstances. Up to date advice can be found on our 'worried about your rent' section.
How will the Association keep me updated with any changes to its response?
We will be posting future updates on our website and FaceBook pages and through other social media so please check this regularly.
Online links to useful information
Advice published by the Government:
Advice published by the NHS:
Advice published by the Citizen Advice Bureau:
Advice published by the Red Cross, including how you can support through volunteer work:
Advice published by Daventry District Council:
Northants ACRE have been mapping existing neighbourhood groups and pop up COVID-19 response groups: