We offer a range of innovative solutions that deliver quality homes across Supported, Extra care and General needs housing.
Social housing faces many challenges in the UK, significant cut backs in social care budgets and right to buy have reduced the number of homes available to vulnerable people. There is a also lack of capital and in some cases the expertise to invest and develop much needed new homes.
With a shrinking housing stock and rapidly growing demand, local authorities are increasingly turning to the private rented sector to address the shortfall. This leaves the most vulnerable at risk as this form of housing offers lack of security and is subject to short term leases and unpredictable rent rises. Finding a suitable property for a vulnerable individual is even more challenging as requirements can be very specific.
Supported Housing is one area of social housing that has seen a dramatic increase in demand. In 2011 the Panorama programme exposed the physical and psychological abuse suffered by people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour at the Winterbourne View care home in South Gloucestershire. This led to a 2012 Department of Health consultation (The Winterbourne View Review) which identified widespread failings across the wider care system. The government pledged to move all people with learning disabilities and or/autism, mental health needs and challenging behaviour inappropriately placed in such institutions to be moved into community care.
In December 2015, a report produced for the National Housing Federation highlighted the shortfall in available supported housing places. It found that the need for supported housing of working age was 125,196 lettings during 2015/16, against an estimated 109,556 available places, amounting to a shortfall of 15,640 (over 14 per cent. of existing supply). The shortfall is expected to grow to 29,053 by 2019/20 and 46,771 by 2024/25 if current trends continue.
A recurring theme was the requirement for accommodation that met the needs of vulnerable individuals and provided security of tenancy with long term leases, within a sustainable funding framework. None of which were offered by private sector landlords.
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Mental health needs
- Life changing injuries (such as brain trauma)