Supported housing strategy

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Supported housing strategy 2014-2019

York's first supported housing strategy 2014-2019 sets out our over arching vision to ensure the right supported housing options are available at the right time and the right place for those that need them.

Through this we will help to increase or maintain independence and to help to prevent future reliance on services.

There are many different types of households or communities of people who benefit from supported housing. This strategy is based around existing services:  

  • older people (aged 55 years and over)
  • people with mental health issues
  • people with learning disabilities
  • young people (aged between 16 to 25 years)
  • offenders or ex offenders
  • people involved in substance misuse (drugs, alcohol and so on)
  • people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness

What is supported housing?

Supported housing is defined as housing designed to meet specific needs and in which there is some level of on site support provided as part of the accommodation offered.

York has a range of supported housing provided for vulnerable members of the community.

Within this there are many models of provision and tenure type. This does not, however, include residential accommodation which is part of care provision.

Why do we need a supported housing strategy?

Safe, warm, secure housing is central to a person’s health and well-being, to their ability to enjoy and take part in community life, and the ability to work and access education and training.

Being unable to access appropriate housing can contribute towards isolation, a loss of independence and in some cases can lead to a need for residential care, to hospital admissions or to homelessness.

In every community there are some people who require more tailored housing, with a degree of support attached, whether this is on a temporary or permanent basis.

They may be vulnerable due to old age or ill health, have a long standing illness or disability, or lack the skills to manage a tenancy and need more support to maintain their independence.

For some people supported housing may be their last step on the housing ladder as they grow older and look for a home which will be able to meet their changing needs.

For others, supported housing may be a step along the way to fully independent living, for example for those recovering after a period of mental ill-health, or can form a vital part of a planned route into mainstream housing as part of the homelessness route.

There is a need for a more co-ordinated approach to prioritise need and ensure that we have appropriate and sustainable supported housing solutions. A supported housing strategy sets out our priorities to help us inform our decisions about future supported housing developments.

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