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Royal Greenwich helps people with a learning disability find their perfect home

03/08/2018


People with a learning disability, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will be able to live the way they choose thanks to a housing brokerage service, launched on the Council’s behalf by Golden Lane Housing.

The Housing Brokerage service provides advice to people with a learning disability about their housing options, whether they would like to rent, buy or continue to live with their family and need specialist adaptations to make home just right. The housing broker works with local authorities, housing associations and private landlords to find homes that meet vulnerable people’s needs.

Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member for Adult’s Social Care, Health and Anti-Poverty said: “The Housing Brokerage service is a key part of delivering the Royal Greenwich’s new Housing Strategy for people with a learning disability. The housing brokerage service, is just one of the ways the Council is empowering people with special educational needs to have the same opportunities in life as anyone else by providing more choice and increasing their independence.

Councillor Chris Kirby, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Royal Greenwich is continuing to make great progress in housing for people with disabilities. In addition to the Housing Brokerage service we are also committed to building more adapted homes, and making improvements to existing homes, as part of our five year learning disability housing strategy. The report commissioned by the Council from Golden Lane Housing identified that more people with complex housing needs will need homes in the future.

“The provision of good quality housing is a key part of supporting people to live the lives they want to lead. As a council we are committed to providing good quality, cost effective services.”

Robert Daniels, Learning Disability MP for Housing, Greenwich People’s Parliament said: “The Housing Brokerage service will be a great help for people with a learning disability trying to find a home that is right for them. Golden Lane Housing is improving housing choices for people with a learning disability in Royal Greenwich. I hope that the views of people with a learning disability carry on shaping the plans.”

The Housing Brokerage service puts the individual first and listens to what they, and the people closest to them, would like. Support is provided at each stage to make sure everyone understands what is happening.

Diane Young, Project Manager at Golden Lane Housing explains how the service works: “We are delighted to be launching the Housing Brokerage service in partnership with Royal Greenwich. It will create a joined up approach between different kinds of housing providers and people living in the Borough who have special educational needs; to help them find a home that meets their needs.”

To read Royal Greenwich’s housing strategy for people with a learning disability, please visit their website.

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