News Story Published on 1 September 2017
Today is Starts at Home Day – a day when housing associations the length and breadth of the country join together to celebrate the life changing powers of supported housing.
Supported housing takes many forms including, sheltered accommodation for older people, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and short stay accommodation , specialist housing for those with disabilities and extra care housing. The one thing all of this housing has in common is the way it changes lives. It allows people to live with dignity and support, enabling them to live their life to the full, or get their lives back on track after catastrophic live events.
Here at CKH we are passionate about supported housing. With over 1,000 sheltered homes across 27 schemes and two extra care schemes we aim to ensure that older people can enjoy independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Our support for older people also includes our care and LifeLine service.
Plus we have six short stay accommodation schemes, which not only give the homeless a safe bed and home, but all the support they need to get back into a permanent home, access to help with other issues they may be facing, and the skills to maintain their tenancies in the future.
Today we will be shouting about the effect supported housing has in the people who are able to benefit from it, their family and friends and the wider economy.
So join us over on Twitter and add your voice to the campaign to protect of supported housing, by using #startsathome.
You can also read our blog posts, from our Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, on why supported housing needs fighting for, and from Kingfisher Court resident, Phyllis, whose life has been transformed since she moved in with us.
And while you’re here, enjoy this heart-warming story of sisterly love at Kingfisher Court.