The HQ will be the first ministerial office outside of Westminster with 500 roles expected to be based in the West Midlands by 2025.
Landlords will now remain unable to evict tenants until at least 31 March 2021 except in the most serious cases.
Leaseholders in buildings over 18 metres will pay nothing towards remediation while those in shorter buildings will be offered loans.
Councils are being asked to try to accommodate all rough sleepers while the eviction ban has been extended to 21 February.
The changes will make home ownership ‘fairer and more secure’ and save leaseholders thousands of pounds, the government said.
The new fund will pay for the installation of fire alarm systems in high-rise buildings fitted with dangerous cladding.
The measures aim to encourage England’s 20 largest cities and urban centres to build new homes using vacant buildings and underused land.
The government has reached an agreement with industry figures that buildings without cladding no longer require an EWS1 form.
The Protect Programme, which will run until March 2021, will help areas that need additional funding to support rough sleepers during the winter.
Evictions will not be enforced until at least 11 January 2021 to protect renters during the new national lockdown, the government has confirmed.