The housing crisis, like the climate crisis, is now being discussed in a wide range of defeated writings. Everyone knows that an emergency will occur, but it’s designed to sound like a huge, homogeneous problem that can never be solved, so it doesn’t get involved in any particular part.
For 14.1 million people For people with disabilities in the UK, the housing crisis is particularly urgent, but rarely addressed. More than a quarter of children with disabilities live in their homes, at risk of worsening or injury, according to a recent report from a charity contact that supports families with children with disabilities.
Private rental housing is often unsuitable, not to mention specially suited for people with complex needs. Installing adaptations when a private landlord can find another tenant is a big effort. Besides, there are not enough social housing to go around. According to the National Housing Federation (NHF), there are currently 3.8 million people in the UK in need of social housing.
The available social homes are rarely changed properly. According to Contact, there is no legal requirement to have access to the home, and families spend more time waiting for an assessment. According to a charity, a family member recently contacted the helpline and had to wait 12 months before local authorities began the process of getting a disability facility grant on the waiting list for housing. I was told. Issued by the local council to fund the adaptation.
Contact surveyed more than 2,000 families with children with disabilities and found that 41% lived in homes that did not meet their child’s needs. This is familiar to the Kronin family of the Dawset family. Parents Kelly and Bruce have four children living in private rental housing, including Nathan, a 16-year-old son with cerebral palsy. The family was separated from July due to their situation.
Two years ago, Nathan was advised to undergo serious life-changing surgery to help her walk and stand straight for the first time in her life. Bruce and Kelly were told that his recovery would require a bedroom and bathroom downstairs. It was delayed by a pandemic, but earlier this year he was finally able to undergo the surgery. Despite planning for two years, his municipality, the Dawset Council, could not find a suitable home for the whole family. When Nathan was discharged, he and his mother were placed in temporary accommodation – a bungalow with a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor – there was no room for others in the family. Nathan’s scars have healed and he is walking in a zimmer frame, but full recovery from surgery is expected to take up to two years.
Nathan’s medical condition classified the family as needing emergency housing, but due to the lack of suitable social housing, no new accommodation has been assigned. Bruce, 41, is a private security guard. “It was a living nightmare,” he says. Me.. “When my wife and son were discharged, I wanted to be together to help him recover, but due to the housing situation, we separated at one of the most difficult times of our lives. . ”
Due to Nathan’s condition, he still needs a bedroom and bathroom downstairs to accommodate his wheelchair. You will need a stair lift to get upstairs. “The whole situation hit my wife a lot, which made her very depressed,” Bruce adds.
Kronin is not the only family suffering from the lack of public housing and the lack of suitable and accessible private rental housing. Lauren and Dani Rowe in Cobham, Surrey, have two young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). They live in a housing union flat, but since it’s a small two-bedroom house with no outdoor space, you have to wait for a new social home that meets your requirements.
36-year-old Daniel began to take care of his children full-time. The couple’s son, Dante, is four years old, and his daughter, Allegra, is five years old. Dante is non-verbal. He suffers from sleep and Allegra has night terrors, so his family can hardly rest. Both children tend to behave violently. Lauren has a law degree and is about to start working full time as a paralegal.Lauren and Daniel say Me That the situation of their dwelling affects every aspect of their lives.
Kings Flat is on the ground floor and leads to the stairs. “We had to install additional locks on the windows and doors to prevent them from escaping,” explains Daniel. “Because there is no lift and the kids can’t determine the distance, we’re going up the stairs with both kids. Dante has a special mobility buggy that is bulky and needs to go up the stairs.”
“It would be better if you own your own home,” Daniel adds. “But it’s not just a dream, because it’s so unrealistic about what we’re currently earning.”
Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, said: Me Charities have heard of cases where children were bathed in a paddling pool downstairs because their parents couldn’t go upstairs. “Long-term delays in financial assistance to adapt homes endanger children with disabilities and cause additional stress in their families.”
Almost half (46%) of the families surveyed by Contact live in rental housing, 77% of whom also received Universal Credit. These statistics show how the housing crisis collides with the pressures faced by families with children with disabilities. If they can’t afford to buy their own home to adapt as needed and can’t find a suitable place to rent personally, their only option is socially accessible housing. That’s not enough and it’s unlikely that this situation will improve. Currently, it is not a legal requirement for new homes in the UK to be accessible and adaptable. It is also an option to give wheelchair users full access to the new home.
The worst is happening as underfunded local governments with limited inventory of social housing are trying to accommodate everyone in need. Meanwhile, the government continues to focus on rising home prices and putting first-time buyers on real estate ladders, but responds little to urgent calls from housing charities and paces the construction of new social housing. It starts with. This reveals a fundamental problem with their approach to housing: there are some issues that the market cannot fix. A suitable home for children with disabilities trapped in inaccessible homes is one of them.
A spokesperson for the Dorset Council said: Among them, there is a lack of larger family home types that are accessible or adaptable to meet the needs of families with disabilities. ”
“We are aware of the urgency of many family needs and are discussing with housing associations and developer partners to take this into account in future plans.”
The Sally County Council did not respond to requests for comment.
Vicky Sprat MeHousing correspondent