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Housing fact sheet. Where you live and who with is one of the biggest decisions in everyone’s life. Most people buy or rent their home. But people who need support have often lived in special places where they had no security and couldn’t choose who they lived with. Fortunately, things have changed in recent years. There are lots of housing choices for people who need support. Now it’s a case of of deciding what is right for you.
Housing fact sheet. Where you live and who with is one of the biggest decisions in everyone’s life. Most people buy or rent their home. But people who need support have often lived in special places where they had no security and couldn’t choose who they lived with. Fortunately, things have changed in recent years. There are lots of housing choices for people who need support. Now it’s a case of of deciding what is right for you.

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Self-Directed Support
act sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
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This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
Housing
Where you live and who with is one of the biggest decisions in everyone’s life.Most people buy or rent their home.But people who need support have oftenlived in special places where they had nosecurity and couldn’t choose who theylived with.Fortunately, things have changed inrecent years. There are lots of housingchoices for people who need support.Now it’s a case of of deciding what isright for you.
 
act sheet
18
To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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2
of 
8
Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
The basic acts
Choosing the right house is an important decision. But thatdoesn’t always mean you can’t change your mind and trysomething different.Explore all the options and see what will work best for you.
Here are some o the ways you can get somewhere tolive:
 
Live in an existing care home – care homes vary fromvery small homes with two or three ‘residents’ to largeplaces with
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or more. Usually this type of home is‘all-inclusive’: it includes your support, food, heating andlighting. 
Apply for housing association or council property – thisis what people usually think of because they think it’sthe only option for indpendent living. It works well forsome people. Many sheltered types of accommodationcome under this category. 
New housing association developments – these arebecoming more popular. Communities specically forolder people or people with support needs are beingbuilt which some people are choosing in later life. 
Private landlords and private sector leasing – a greatoption for people wanting to choose a house in a speciclocation or something that is to their particular taste. 
Shared ownership – this can be the best of both worlds: you part rent and part buy. This is becoming a popularoption for many people who can get the interest ontheir mortgage paid by benets (if they are eligible). 
Home ownership – including ownership by a Trust. Thisis a popular option for parents who have adult children.The parents want to plan for the future and get theirchildren settled in their own home. 
Staying and investing in the family home – givesfamiliarity and peace of mind in planning for the future. 
Buy to let – an investment for the future.
 
act sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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3
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
More inormation abouthousing
The rst step is to think about what you would like and what you need.Start by picturing your ideal home. What would it be like? Howwould it t with your future plans?
Think about:
 
The reasons you want to move 
When you want to move 
Where will it be? In town? Somewhere quiet? 
Who with? Will you share or live alone? 
Being near jobs, college, or services, family and socialnetworks 
Transport 
Safety security and freedom from harassment.
There are other things to think about as wellas just the housing
Support or living:
if you need paid help to keep healthy, safeand well, the council must say you are eligible and agree to putin the support through a personal budget or a service. Manyhousing associations won’t look for a property for you until thecouncil has agreed and it is in writing.
Income and benefts:
no matter how much support you have, you still need an income to live. Make sure you get good adviceabout the benets you will get if you live in a different housingarrangement. Even if you are working, you should still look intobenets. Explore all the options and work out how much youwill need to pay all the bills
Family help with money:
a family can give someone nancialhelp. But is this sustainable if the person giving the help isno longer around? Get some good advice on wills and trustsfrom a solicitor who knows how to set them up when a familymember needs support.

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