Mencap and Golden Lane Housing, two charities that support people with a learning disability, have access to a charity housing bond which will allow homes to be bought in North Yorkshire for people with learning disabilities.
There are 12,111 people with a learning disability in North Yorkshire who could benefit form the charity housing bond, and currently just one in three people with a learning disability currently lives independently.
Recent Mencap research found that eight in ten councils in England and Wales report a housing shortage for adults with a learning disability in their areas, with nearly seven in ten (67 per cent) stating this has worsened in the last 12 months.
The bond can help enable people to develop their independence, by moving from often inappropriate long stay hospitals into community-based housing close to relatives and support networks. The bond also provides for adaptations to the properties where needed so that it is bespoke to the person’s needs.
Mencap will also be able to provide people with quality care and support in their home, known as Supported Living, which will allow people to pick and choose the type of support they have and lead the life they want.
Deb’s, who is supported by Mencap in a Supported Living service, said:
“My life has changed since living in Supported Living. I learn new stuff every day and can ask if I need help. The best thing for me is that I can really live my life now and have new experiences.”
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap said:
“There is a severe housing shortage for people with a learning disability. Following the abuse scandal at Winterbourne View, demand for housing is set to grow further because the Government has committed to return many of the 3,000 people currently in long stay hospitals to their local communities.”
People can find out more about the bond and the types of support available in their area, by getting in touch with Mencap Direct, freephone 0808 808 1111 or visiting www.mencap.org.uk/thekeytoyournewlife.