Updated 26.04.18

- New research shows rise in demand for specialised supported housing

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New research shows rise in demand for specialised supported housing

Posted 26.04.18
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New research commissioned by the learning disability charity Mencap, in partnership with Housing LIN, has revealed that the Specialised Supported Housing (SHH) sector is more than double the size of previous estimates and that demand is rising.

The report - Funding supported housing for all: Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability - estimates there to be between 22,000 and 33,000 specialised supported housing units, which is two to three times the size of current estimates of the SHH sector.

Despite rents for SHH generally being higher than some other forms of supported housing, the research found that SHH is a cost-effective way of providing housing to those with complex needs, given that it attracts no or only very limited public funding.

The research also finds that living independently with support in the community has a positive impact on wellbeing for people with a learning disability. The provision of SHH is a housing alternative to people with complex needs who might otherwise have lived in residential care, or NHS provisions such as 'secure' accommodation.


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