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 for SHH 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. The demand for SHH properties is anticipated to reach 25,500 – 33,500 units by 2021/22.
Despite rent 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.
An additional and vital conclusion of the research was that living independently with support in the community has a positive impact on people’s wellbeing for people with a learning disability. The provision of SHH is a housing alterative to people with complex needs who might otherwise have lived in residential care, or NHS provisions such as ‘secure’ accommodation.
Demand amongst people with a learning disability for supported housing is projected to increase from 38,500 units in 2015 to 59,800 units in 2030 due to population increases of people with a learning disability and national policies that promote people moving out of or avoiding registered care to live in community-based housing.
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You can download a copy of the report Funding supported housing for all: Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability..