Specialist Housing describes properties that have been adapted to enable people with learning and/or physical disabilities to lead more independent lives. The guiding principle of any form of housing is that the person with learning/physical disabilities should be at the centre of any plan. Over the past few years, there have been a number of positive developments in this area. More people are living in their own homes, and living better lives as a result.
At Saffron, we have developed a track record of promoting independent living. We now have a range of various housing options for people with learning and/or physical disabilities. The introduction of the Mental Capacity Act has changed how housing for some people with disabilities works. Following this change, the law no longer restricts tenancies or home ownership to those people capable of fully understanding legal agreements.
As long as it is in the person’s “best interests” to live independently, we can help to make it happen. Saffron has worked closely with Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex County Councils following these changes. As a result, we are able to broker a range of housing options for people with learning and/or physical difficulties.
The Resettlement Programme follows on from the Government initiative to close NHS provision for people with learning difficulties. At Saffron Housing, we have worked with the relevant county councils to purchase and develop small shared housing units in local communities. These specialist homes enable two, three or four tenants to share a property or live in a single occupancy property.
Each tenant maintains their own tenancy with the help of 24 hour support. Tenants live as independently as possible, with support and encouragement from Saffron Housing.
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