Research in relation to ‘Specialised Supported Housing’

has commissioned the Housing LIN to undertake research in relation to
‘Specialised Supported Housing’ and specifically an assessment of this
category of supported provision covering:

  • the size of the specialised supported housing sector
    the number and
  • characteristics of people needing the kind of housing
    provision that is  currently funded via the specialised supported
    housing route now and
  • in the future
    why these individuals need this kind of provision.

Specialised Supported Housing is provided by housing organisations that
are Registered Providers (registered with the Homes & Communities
Agency) typically where specific criteria are met including:
the scheme offers a high level of support for clients, for whom the
only acceptable alternative public or voluntary sector options are care
homes, and
no, or negligible, public subsidy has been received, whether in the form of grant or free land, and
the scheme has been commissioned in line with local health and social services strategies and priorities.

This research is intended to provide an evidence base about this
important category of supported housing during a period when very
significant decisions are likely to be made about changes to the current
system for funding supported housing from April 2019, to ensure that
this type of housing will continue to be available, enabling even those
with the most complex needs to
access a home in the community in a
timely manner.

A key aim of this research is to identify the full scale of this specific category of supported housing.

If your organisation is:

  • A Registered Provider that provides Specialised Supported Housing
  • A care provider that works with a Registered Provider
    (typically a housing association) that provides Specialised Supported
  • A lender or investor that funds Specialised Supported Housing

Please get in touch with the Housing LIN at

They would very much like to discuss this research with you in more detail and what your organisation provides.

Research in relation to ‘Specialised Supported Housing’

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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