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Who pays for Residential living costs for Autistic adult?

AutisticAdult
AutisticAdult Member Posts: 5 Listener
I am an autistic adult and am homeless at the moment. I have seen that the National Autistic Society has Residential shared house vacancies for adults with autism, but their website says "appropriate funding must be in place" - what does this mean please, and which organisation would pay for this?
- Is it the council in that area, or is it the NHS, and how is it possible for an autistic adult to access this funding please?

Thanks a lot
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,727 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 4
    HI,
    What about support living? The rent for this is paid for by claiming housing benefit and you would pay the other bills yourself.


  • AutisticAdult
    AutisticAdult Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi and thanks very much for your reply Poppy,

    I note that the available vacancies in the Residential shared houses for autistic people, offered by the National Autistic Society are dotted around the country, in areas in which I am not living at the moment.

    In this way, would I apply directly to the local council/social services in the area in which a specific vacancy exists please?

    In regards to Housing Benefit, has that now not been replaced by the DWP's Universal Credit system, or does Housing Benefit still exist from local councils, in certain circumstances, like for disabled people looking for help with housing costs like me?

    Thanks a lot
  • AutisticAdult
    AutisticAdult Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Could I also please ask - in regards to an assessment by a local authority/social services, in Covid times, would that be done in person at their offices, or do they do telephone/video assessments due to the virus ? 

    Many thanks
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,416

    Scope community team

    hello @AutisticAdult

    Welcome to the community, I'm sorry to hear that you are currently homeless. I hope the reply from Poppy has been helpful in making you more aware of your options.

    AutisticAdult said:

    In regards to Housing Benefit, has that now not been replaced by the DWP's Universal Credit system, or does Housing Benefit still exist from local councils, in certain circumstances, like for disabled people looking for help with housing costs like me?


    Regarding housing benefit, this information comes from the Gov.uk website and details eligibility criteria:

    "If you’re in supported, sheltered or temporary housing

    You can make a new claim if:

    • you’re living in temporary accommodation, such as a B&B arranged by your council
    • you’re living in a refuge for survivors of domestic abuse
    • you’re living in sheltered or supported housing (such as a hostel) which provides you with ‘care, support or supervision’

    If you do not get ‘care, support or supervision’ through your supported or sheltered housing, you can apply for Universal Credit to help with housing costs."


    Have you contacted the National Autistic Society to ask them about the scheme and whether you would be able to access it? They have a helpline that you could call.


    Could I also please ask - in regards to an assessment by a local authority/social services, in Covid times, would that be done in person at their offices, or do they do telephone/video assessments due to the virus ? 

    Many thanks

    On this web page, it says:

    "The needs assessment can happen:

    • face-to-face
    • over the phone

    Assessments usually last at least an hour."


    So I suppose they have a degree of flexibility, I imagine the pandemic has impacted it in some way but it's not clear if restrictions are still in place for assessments based on this information.

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  • AutisticAdult
    AutisticAdult Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for your reply,

    In regards to Universal Credit paying for the Residential living costs, the website link you gave me says it is available for "private landlords, housing associations, mortgage payments or Supported living", and I don't think this fits in any of those categories unfortunately.

    About the National Autistic Society helpline, unfortunately that was closed down recently, as per the website link you gave me: "

    Helpline closure

    Please note: the Autism Helpline closed on 9 June 2021."

    Therefore do you or anyone else have any other information, in reference to living specifically in "Residential shared accommodation without Support, for adults with autism" please?

    Here is a link to the page on the National Autistic Society website, which is advertising these vacancies: https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/adult-residential-services/vacancies

    Thank you
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,727 Disability Gamechanger
    Universal Credit housing element and housing benefit will not cover the costs for residential living. Part of it can be funded by a local Authority and the remainder of the bills will depend on which benefits exactly you're claiming, for example, if you're claiming either DLA care or PIP daily living, these could be affected.
    Whether you would be placed into residentail care will of course depends on how the ASD affects you. Some Autistic people manage quite will in just supported living.
  • AutisticAdult
    AutisticAdult Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi Poppy,

    Thanks very much for your reply and information,

    In respect to Supported living, how would I go about finding suitable accommodation in a Supported living situation - would I need to find my own place through a private landlord, and then claim for Supported living assistance, or is there some help out there for this?
    - When I say 'suitable accommodation', I mean a quiet environment without sensory overloads.

    Many thanks
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,727 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 5
    Again, for this you would first need to have a needs assessment from your local Authority, the link is posted above by myself but i'll post it again here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/help-from-social-services-and-charities/getting-a-needs-assessment/
    Supported Living is not through any private landlord, it will be through your local Authority so you would need to google "supported living" in your area.

  • rubin16
    rubin16 Member Posts: 198 Pioneering
    Hi,

    Did you get any closer to finding suitable accomodation? I have autism too as well as other mental and physical health conditions and just been offered supported accomodation which I move into in 4 weeks time. It is my own flat and tenancy with 15 hours of care and support from a care worker.

    To answer your question it is funded by the local authority, and I only have to cover bills. You have to be referred by either a needs assessment, or by a health professional as in my case my nurse referred me for it. You are then placed on a waiting list until a property in your desired area becomes available. When you are offered a property, then they apply for funding for it from the council/local authority.

    Hope this helps,

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