As set out in NHS England’s guidance for commissioners, ‘Building the right home’, there is an urgent need to increase the housing options for people with a learning disability and/or autism to ensure that they access the right home and support at the right time.
Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities (HOLD) is one such option and is a Government approved housing model enabling people (the majority of whom are unable to work due to their disabilities and rely on benefits for their income) to buy a home of their own.
This Housing LIN case study no 136 by MySafeHome tells the story of E, a young woman who has made the life changing journey from an Acute Treatment Unit to a home of her own, somewhere she can live independently.
Working closely with local transforming care partnership, it also highlights the cost savings that HOLD can deliver and the wider benefits to health and adult care economies. In this example, c.£16,000 per annum, a sum which is predicted to increase as E becomes more settled in her new home.