Presentation on theme: "Housing for people with a disability: time for a new roof."— Presentation transcript:
Housing for people with a disability: time for a new roof
Housing for people with a disability: time for a new roof Simon Brooke Head of Policy Clúid Housing Association
18 years old Owns or manages nearly 5000 rented homes across the country Mainly ‘general needs’ housing - also nearly 500 units of sheltered housing for the elderly and some housing for people with disabilities
Social housing Social housing is rented housing provided for people who cannot afford to buy, or to pay private rented sector rents Social housing is subsidised by the state Social housing is allocated by housing need Social housing tenants pay an affordable rent – the differential rent system In Ireland most social housing is provided by local authorities but housing associations are playing a growing role
What are housing associations? Providers of social housing Independent organisations with voluntary board of management Confusing labels: ‘Housing associations’ = ‘voluntary housing sector’ = ‘approved housing bodies’ Funded by rent from tenants and subsidy from government
Housing options for people with a disability Owner occupation is expensive Private rented housing: limited security of tenure, some poor conditions Rental Accommodation Scheme may an option for some Social housing is likely to be the best option for many
‘Time to Move on from Congregated Settings’ Very impressive report Overwhelming evidence that independent living in the community is better than institutional care Better quality of life Better value for money In line with thinking and practice in other areas e.g. older people, homeless people But does it go far enough?
Some housing principles There should be a legal right to housing Housing is a necessity, and for some people support is a necessity too There should be an explicit presumption that everyone, whether or not they have a disability, can live independently, with support if needed, unless they are not able to.
Some housing principles Provision of housing should be separate from provision of support o Landlord/tenant relationship is different from support relationship o Allows for flexibility or ending of support The ‘Housing First’ approach works o People don’t need to be ‘housing ready’ before they move into a home of their own ‘House’ and ‘home’ are two different things
Social housing challenges Housing Policy Statement 2011: o New role for housing associations New financial arrangements for housing associations o Private finance instead of grants o Will take time to become established NAMA o 120,000 empty houses – so what’s the problem?
Social housing challenges Will need special programme for people in congregated settings o Assessment of housing need Housing 500 people a year for 7 years will be a challenge If the will is there, it can be done!