Housing

Is supported housing at risk?

Matthew Eddisford reports on looming threats to the future of supported housing. Late last year the Government launched its consultation on the future funding of supported housing. Prior to the launch, housing associations were crying out for clarity on these funding arrangements to enable them to plan for the future with some certainty and address unmet demand for supported housing.…

‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

Can we learn from the past?

We are in danger of repeating our mistakes, says Rosemary Trustam. We are now seeing institutions disguised as community housing and private equity companies that call themselves care companies. Do we ever learn? she asks. As each week passes we continue to hear heartrending stories about Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs).…

Short term solutions could have long term consequences

Faced with grant cuts, some local authorities are resorting to short-term housing solutions which could have long-term human and financial costs. But some authorities have found creative answers, as Rosemary Trustam heard at the winter conference of the Housing & Support Alliance.…

Does supported living help people get better lives? asks Alicia Wood, CEO, Housing & Support Alliance

Well, yes and no. Supported living is a concept that says people with learning disabilities should determine their own lives, choose who they live with and where. The concept is straightforward and achievable if you start with a person or a group of friends who want to live together.…

Railway Road – a model that works for people and the local authority

Wigan-based Imagine, Act & Succeed is pioneering a model of housing in which people getting support live alongside ‘good neighbours’ with benefits for tenants and savings for the local authority. Terry Keely explains how it works. Like all learning disability providers we are facing major challenges, fighting off drastic funding reductions to support levels while trying to run support models we can be proud of.…

Providing tailored housing will save money in the long term

Some local authorities have invested heavily in out-of-date shared supported living models and are now regretting their agreements to meet longer-term property needs. People with learning disabilities are now less willing or able to be fitted into convenient properties.   Community living for all means meeting people’s more complex needs with tailored provision.…

Creative housing solutions

Care Housing‘s relatively small size means it can respond to individual needs, including desired location, type of housing and special features. Rosemary Trustam looks at some of their successful projects.   With local authorities struggling to meet the expectations of people with learning disabilities to live in their own homes, one organisation is finding creative ways of solving the problem.…

Housing and Support Alliance Annual Conference – November 19th Manchester

The only conference for housing and support providers and stake-holders – don’t miss it. Bring your issues and share solutions/campaigns – what’s your challenge?? Come and meet Community Living magazine there and get our special offer – this issue free when you subscribe on the day.…

Changing the relationship between providers and commissioners

Changing the relationship between providers and commissioners   Have you heard the story about the support provider that helped the people they supported become so much more independent that they supported them less and gave the extra money back to the commissioner to invest in other local services?…

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