09 March 2023
The supported housing sector often delivers high quality services that offer value for money and achieve positive, life-changing outcomes for the people it supports. However, the low profile and lack of understanding of the sector have reduced government investment and focus over a number of years. With the current cost of living crisis affecting residents and services across the country, the role of supported housing is more important than ever.
The National Housing Federation and our members wanted to better understand how supported housing specifically impacts homelessness, health and wellbeing. We also wanted to further understand the challenges that it faces and the ways in which it supports and interacts with the NHS, social care, the justice system and other public services.
We commissioned Imogen Blood & Associates, in partnership with the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, to carry out this research.
The research comprised a snapshot survey of 2119 individuals living in supported housing projects for working age adults on 1 August 2022, alongside in-depth, qualitative interviews with 30 professionals working within the sector.