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Mayor secures housing funding for older and disabled Londoners

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he has obtained £43.5 million of funding to help to develop specialised housing for older and disabled people in London.

The funding is being provided through the Government’s Care and Support Specialised Housing (CASSH) programme.

This is administered by City Hall. Homes for older people with care needs and adults with physical and learning disabilities will be developed.

The mayor's office said it is available for developers building a variety of specialised housing including:

  • assisted living;
  • dementia care;
  • retirement housing;
  • supported housing for disabled adults and people with mental health problems;
  • wheelchair-adapted homes; and
  • housing specifically designed for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Such housing would enable people to live as independently as possible, with carers and the wider health and social care system able to offer support more effectively.

The homes delivered are expected to be lifetime homes that have the flexibility to adapt to meet care and mobility needs of the people living there as they might progress or change.

Khan, said: “All Londoners deserve a safe, secure home with enough space to live comfortably. This funding will help deliver a new generation of genuinely affordable specialised housing in London, where older adults and people with disabilities can live independently, but with good access to care and support, for the rest of their lives.”

The programme has so far funded schemes totalling £112 million, with 1,657 homes started and 830 completed in London, including Reardon Court, a former council-owned residential care home. The London Borough of Enfield will redevelop the site to provide 70 modern, flexible and accessible extra care homes, with fully accessible communal space.

The programme is currently open for bidding to schemes that can start on site by March 2022.

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