Jane had always found it hard to live with others, and was evicted from her last home for attacking a fellow resident. Jane’s mother thought that the shared placements the local authority were offering Jane weren’t suitable. She wanted Jane to have her own flat, but nothing suitable could be found. We proposed shared ownership and suggested a specialist housing provider who then worked with the local authority to identify a suitable flat that Jane could part buy/part rent using her benefits.
The local authority assessed Jane’s support needs and agreed a personal budget, but wanted a large local provider to manage the service. Jane’s mother, however, wasn’t happy and chose Choice Support instead. While working with Jane’s mother and the local authority to plan support – including financial management and recruiting a staff team – we introduced Jane to her new flat. She chose all the furniture and colour schemes using pictures she cut out from catalogues.
Three years on and Jane is settled and happy. She has her own budget, can control her environment and has her own stable and consistent staff team. And she has the security of part-owning her home.
Finding the right house can be stressful for all of us. At Choice Support we offer specialist housing consultancy services for people with learning disabilities, their families and other organisations. We can help people to buy properties and may where appropriate be able to offer shared ownership arrangements. We do what many estate agents do, but unlike most estate agents we work specifically with people with learning disabilities.
These are some of the services our housing team can offer:
If you are interested in any of these services, or would like other help with housing issues, please get in touch.
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