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Overcrowding and lack of accessible housing

suggar69 Member Posts: 1
We currently live in a 3 bed bungalow . . i have a 35yr old daughter with Downs syndrome and a heart condition...and i c
Also have a 4 yr old with a non correctable heart condition. also a 14 yrs old grandson a 25 year old son. myself and my husband.. grossly overcrowded and council refuse to help 


  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @suggar69

    Welcome to the community! We have lots of info on housing that is worth you taking a look, there are lots of links to people who could help including Shelter.

    There is also a downloadable guide to accessible housing here.

    We have a lovely community here and I hope you can find some information and support.  Please do join in on other posts and get involved.

    Senior online community officer
  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,590 Disability Gamechanger
    It might be worth your while speaking to your MP.  I knew a family of four - two adults, two children, all living in a privately-rented studio flat!  Council refused to rehouse them because they said that they had even worse cases of overcrowding on their books!  Family spoke to their MP - and they were rehoused in a 3-bed council flat within weeks.  The flat was in another borough some distance away, but after about eight months they got an exchange back to the original borough.
  • 3_SAMagnify1
    3_SAMagnify1 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Yes, my problem is I'm single and need ground floor accommodation  because of my Ataxia/CP. that one of the other problems is that sheltered housing  is only automatically open to older people so disabled people  below the 50 don't get the same options as those over 50, in other word the system still only equate disability, regardless of whether  the housing if is housing association or council. The other is many do not have out out of hours staff support.
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    @FrankiTHS do you have any information or support that could help?
    Senior online community officer
  • FrankiTHS
    FrankiTHS Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi @3_SAMagnify1 I know how tough it can be finding suitable accessible housing. I do have a couple of suggestions that you may find useful. Firstly Habinteg are a housing association who specialise in accessible and adapted homes so check out their website here: http://www.habinteg.org.uk/ - you do have to meet certain requirements to access their properties though.

    You can also try our website TheHouseShop.com for accessible homes being sold by owner, but we do not have a huge amount of choice at the moment.

    Finally I would suggest reaching out to a lady called Sallie who runs a specialist estate agency called Brand Properties. Sallie is great and she offers a property finding service where she will go out and look for homes that meet your requirements. You can check out their website here: www.branchproperties.co.uk

    I hope that helps or at least gives you a few options to explore!


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