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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. Clúid Housing Association. 18 years old Owns or manages nearly 5000 rented homes across the country

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Housing for people with a disability:

time for a new roof

Simon Brooke

Head of Policy

Clúid Housing Association

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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
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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
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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
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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
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‘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?
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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.
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Some housing principles
  • Provision of housing should be separate from provision of support
    • Landlord/tenant relationship is different from support relationship
    • Allows for flexibility or ending of support
  • The ‘Housing First’ approach works
    • People don’t need to be ‘housing ready’ before they move into a home of their own
  • ‘House’ and ‘home’ are two different things
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Social housing challenges
  • Housing Policy Statement 2011:
      • New role for housing associations
  • New financial arrangements for housing associations
    • Private finance instead of grants
    • Will take time to become established
  • NAMA
    • 120,000 empty houses – so what’s the problem?
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Social housing challenges
  • Will need special programme for people in congregated settings
      • 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!
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