Turning Point shares concerns on the future of supported housing for vulnerable groups

News item posted: 24 February 2016

Over the last few months many working across health, social care and housing have become increasingly concerned around the future of housing for people who have complex needs, in particular those with mental health issues, learning disabilities and on their road to recovery from substance misuse.

On this issue, John Campbell, Managing Director for Mental Health services at Turning Point said: ‘We are extremely concerned by the National Housing Federation’s recent findings that over 2,500 sheltered housing units are being scrapped or delayed. Housing is a cornerstone of people’s independence, whether they face mental health issues, substance misuse issues or have a learning disability. We are very keen to work with housing associations and other providers in order to develop long-term housing solutions that benefit individuals and communities.’

Working with service users, Turning Point are today publishing a paper that raises concerns of people with mental health issues looking for housing as part of their recovery. Recommendations from this paper include:

  • A dedicated liaison officer and better training provided to staff to help applicants with the process of applying for housing and to address the breakdown in communication so applicants are better informed.
  • The reintroduction of the points-based system in order to establish priority based on needs.
  • More transparency in the whole housing system is needed as there does not appear to be a clear, open way of working by housing officers when working with housing applicants.
  • Local authorities should prioritise people with mental health conditions – the stability of housing can have a significant effect on the ongoing recovery and continued wellbeing of individuals.

To read the report, please visit our Mental Health resources page where you can download a PDF.