This  review of the existing academic and grey literature on the relationship between community-led housing and health was commissioned by power to Change in Spring 2019. Academics from the University of the West off England used Barton and Grant’s ‘health map’ framework to ensure the review considered a range of conditions that impact on health and the interplay between them. They identified several themes in the literature that suggested potential benefits of community-led housing: healthy aging, social inclusion, improved physical health, tackling multiple disadvantages and meeting additional support needs.

Noting that the existing research in this field is heavily weighted towards qualitative, small scale studies with very few quantitative or larger scale studies undertaken, the authors set out an agenda for future research that could demonstrate more clearly the link between community-led housing and health improvements.


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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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