supported housing fund for people with disabilities

3rd August 2020 • Emma Cooper

Many people with a learning disability in the UK continue to live in inappropriate housing. They remain on waiting lists for long periods of time; and are being housed in local authority areas miles away from their families and support networks. A new fund which launches today, hopes to change this.

The Resonance Supported Homes Fund, which launches today (Monday 3rd August) will provide a housing solution for people with a range of needs.

Resonance, together with United Response and Reside Housing Association will work together to deliver a sector-wide solution to the housing shortages which leave hundreds of adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental illness in long-stay hospital beds and similar institutions.

The Resonance Supported Homes Fund

The new fund, made up of investments from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Barrow Cadbury Trust and Big Society Capital, will enable United Response to buy, build or specially adapt homes in communities to move marginalised people away from unsuitable housing or long waiting lists.

The aim is to grow the fund with further investment in the coming years, with Resonance already in discussions with second phase investors from the learning disability and housing sectors.

Everyone needs a place to call home

Tim Cooper, Chief Executive of United Response, said: “We all need a place to call home but people with learning disabilities are too often excluded from traditional routes of accessing and securing good quality housing. This fund will break down these barriers, making ‘a place called home’ a reality for many more people with a learning disability, autism or mental health condition.”

Access to the new Resonance Supported Homes Fund will complement United Response’s existing and longstanding housing support offer for people with learning disabilities which enables them to live close to families and as part of the communities to which they belong.

For information about housing options for young people with disabilities, please also visit our Housing section. Here you will find information on all the different types of housing for people with a disability.