Housing and accommodation
Everybody needs a place to live, somewhere that is safe and secure. We all have our own preferences about where we would like to live.
People with disabilities often get very little choice in where they live. Housing choices are often based on the person’s disability rather than where they would like to live. This page will give you information about different housing options, how to apply for accommodation, personal support and skills for living. Some of the content was adapted from Your Place to Live – Making it Happen, a guide from Learning Disability England.
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- Getting your own homeRenting a house
Having your own home can mean having more independence.
If you get your own home, you may also need to get help with or learn how to do things like:
- cooking and cleaning
- paying the bills
- making friends
- getting a job
- finding new things to do.
Independence does not always mean being on your own; you can live in your own home on your own, you can live in your own home with a carer or you can live in your own home with family and friends.How to get support
Renting your own home
You can rent a home from a council or housing association, a charity or voluntary organisation, a private landlord or someone you know like a family member or friend.
Council and housing associations are also called social landlords. You normally get this type of housing by going on the council housing register and using Devon Home Choice scheme. If you want to live with a friend, family member or partner long term then you can apply for this type of home together.
This can be a secure way of renting your own home. The rent is more affordable if you are working. You may have to wait a long time before you are housed and you may not have much choice.
Renting from a charity or voluntary organisation
Many charities that support people with learning disabilities have properties that they rent out. Some are shared with others and some are self-contained.
Renting from a private landlord
You can rent from a private landlord in different ways. Some people rent by going to an estate agent and choosing a home. Most councils help people access private rented housing by helping with the deposit or by having arrangements where the council or housing association lease from the private landlord and give you a tenancy.
Renting a flat in an extra care or supported living scheme
Some housing providers have small groups of houses or flats clustered around some communal facilities. Each person has their own self-contained home. There is usually support attached but you can get extra support from other sources if you need it. Most extra care schemes are for people 55 years or older.
Renting from someone you know
A relative or friend could buy a home to rent to you, or family or friends can build an extension on their home that they rent to you.Useful links
You can visit Young People’s Housing Advice to find out more about your options when you are 16/17/18.
- Devon County Council Supported Living
- Shared Lives – For people who are looking for somewhere to live in a family environment with additional care and support.
- Housing and Support Alliance – How to access (incl Housing benefit and housing options/agency/private rental) Staying at home (incl. Staying put funding)