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Housing options for older, vulnerable people

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    1. Housing optionsforolder, vulnerable people Amy Swan National Housing Federation

    2. What do housing associations offer older people - housing Housing associations provide affordable homes for almost one million older people, with 5% of all older people living in sheltered housing and extra care accommodation. 40+% of social housing tenants are vulnerable. The offer - general housing and specialist housing Specialist housing sheltered, very sheltered and/or extra care schemes

    3. What do housing associations offer older people - support Range of support to help tenants sustain their tenancy floating community-based, hub and spoke, scheme manager (warden service) Care provided by adult social services either part of an overall package or Housing associations - different services brought together

    4. Demographic change to resident profile Older residents having increasingly more complex needs leading to the changing face of support and increased need. Clients have been aged between 55 and 102. The majority were female and a striking number of clients were single and living alone. Many had complex needs, often made worse by physical or mental health issues. Most clients were referred to us by local council housing offices, social services or wardens of sheltered housing schemes. The project has been able to work with people in all kinds of housing, including owner-occupiers and those in private rented accommodation.

    5. Framework Housing Association Supports older people with a history of homelessness or insecure housing and a range of support needs, including alcohol/substance misuse. Temporary accommodation - self-contained flats Wet project allowed to drink on site Developing a new extra care scheme alongside long-term accommodation Aim to improve the quality of life for older people who are disadvantaged because of their unsettled history.

    6. Manchester - Docherty House Heavy Drinkers' Project (Manchester Methodist Housing Group) The Heavy Drinker's Project houses and supports older people living with long term alcohol dependency. There is a core house at the Heavy Drinkers' Project with seven rooms occupied by residents receiving twenty-four hour support and some social care. The core house provides care and support for men who require a high level of support and who are unable to live independently in the community. The project also consists of twenty dispersed properties in the area. Aim to provide support to people who have a history of heavy drinking and offers assessment, referrals to other agencies, social activities and high standard accommodation and support.

    7. Brent - Tenancy Sustainment Service (St Mungo's) Aims to prevent Tenancy breakdown amongst older people with alcohol problems in Brent. Sub-aims include: To increase clients' ability, skills and knowledge to maintain their tenancies To increase clients' confidence and motivation to make changes themselves To increase integration of clients' into the community thereby reducing isolation To reduce clients' dependency on alcohol To reduce the impact of the clients' alcohol use on their community

    8. Barriers to development of services/specialist housing Navigating the LSP/local priority framework. Neighbourhood and community relationships and NIMBYism Lack of regional or local analysis of older peoples housing needs. Too frequently, local housing strategies do not address the need for specialist housing for older and vulnerable people. Risk that there will be a drift of funding away from preventative support services to meet the statutory obligations of other services.

    9. What changes we would like to see HCA to develop a national picture of the need Every Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to include specialist housing and support assessment. Good practice for LSPs to include housing and support providers The inclusion of housing related support targets in LAAs and monitoring SP Comprehensive Area Assessment to highlight the need for commissioning of specialist housing and support services. Encourage health commissioners to recognise the preventative health benefits of specialist housing and support.

    10. Amy Swan amys@housing.org.uk 020 7067 1090