The government has announced an extra £76 million a year in funding to build new homes for vulnerable people.
To be built over the next 3 years, the new homes will be for disabled people, people with mental health issues and for older people needing supported or specialised housing and is designed to be accessible and aid independent living.
The new homes are to include:
- An individual home with its own front door
- Flexibility to adapt or install equipment or assistive technology in the home
- Varying levels of personal care and support to residents, including access to a GP or other health services
- Communal areas (for housing for older people)
This additional funding is to top up the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH) which has now been extended until 2021.
Run in partnership with Homes England for schemes outside London, and the Mayor of London for London-based schemes, housing providers applied for funding during 2 fixed bidding rounds, and have already built around 3,300 specially designed new homes.
Application to the fund by Local authorities and housing developers re now open on a rolling basis, until all the funding has been allocated for the year.
Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said:
“No one should have to go into a residential home or get stuck in hospital because of a lack of specialised housing adapted to suit their needs. This programme provides a vital lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in society to live their own lives in a home that works for them.
We want the fund to be used to its maximum potential so more homes can be created, more quickly, ensuring that thousands of people are supported to live independently in their own homes, benefiting both them and their carers.”
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