Cardiff Community Housing Association
The project, piloted by the Association, has developed a Housing Register specifically for people with physical impairment who are seeking to move to alternative accommodation.
Initial grant funding from the Welsh Assembly Government enabled a partnership of housing, social care, health and voluntary agencies in the city of Cardiff to be established. The partnership has identified the housing needs and preferences of clients, and developed a database of existing adapted properties across all social landlords in Cardiff and a 'matching' process to allocate adapted properties.
The outcome for clients is an improvement in the options available to those in unsuitable accommodation. 265 clients have been re-housed since the project began in September 2002 and approximately 2,000 adapted properties have been identified across the city. For landlords, there has been an improvement in letting times and existing adapted properties are being used more effectively.
By identifying existing, suitably adapted dwellings and matching them with a client in need, the project is maximising the use of existing resources.
This project has also provided a database of the needs of people with physical disabilities, which is informing provision at a strategic level. There is evidence that this project has helped focus and shape the local Housing Strategy and assisted the Local Authority to more effectively manage its stock and resources and target the Social Housing Grant programme more effectively.
The Association produced an evaluation report in 2004, which it used to promote the project to all the housing associations working in Cardiff.
Contact Name: Rob Baker
Contact Role: Accessible Homes Project Co-ordinator
Contact Telephone: 02920 468444
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Address: Cardiff Community Housing Association
2 Ocean Way