Investing in Ordinary Lives
Innovations in housing for people with learning disabilities
This is the home page for the Investing in Ordinary Lives initiative.
About Investing in Ordinary Lives
Investing in Ordinary Lives is a joint initiative between the Housing and Support Alliance, Cameron Trust and the Centre for Welfare Reform.
We want to create more choice and control for people with learning disabilities in where they live and how they are supported. To achieve this we believe that both the range and type of housing available to people with learning disabilities in the UK needs to be significantly increased.
The majority of people with learning disabilities live in the family home or in residential care. Many people live in the family home because they have few other housing choices. Living in a care home is not an option many people choose. However, the majority of private sector investment in accommodation for people with learning disabilities has historically been into residential care rather than in residential property to rent to or for sale to people with learning disabilities.
Housing provided by local authorities, housing associations and charities has tended to be seen as the primary source of housing for people with learning disabilities. However in order to significantly increase the volume and range of housing available it is necessary that privately provided and funded sources of housing are maximised to meet future housing need and provide a wider range of housing choices.
We want to bring about a step change in the availability of housing available to people with learning disabilities over the next 5-10 years. Local authorities, housing associations and charities will continue to play a vital role in providing suitable housing. We will be working with our members to create more housing opportunities as well as helping the people they support connect with landlords that can provide housing.
We have published a series of briefings to help to stimulate and promote thinking about the development of ethical and sustainable models of private sector investment in housing for people with learning disabilities, including a mix of private and social housing sector partnerships.
If you or your organisation is interested in more information about how you can invest in housing for people with learning disabilities:
Alicia Wood email@example.com