Housing’s offer to Health

Housing associations build homes and communities to support vulnerable people to live healthier, happier lives. They operate with a social purpose, which places people and their needs at the heart of everything they do.

Housing plays a major role in good health, with warm, dry homes, and access to green space boosting people’s wellbeing. Our members provide the high-quality, affordable homes that reduce health inequalities by delivering a safe environment and enhancing people’s quality of life.

The specialist housing and support developed by some of our members allows older people, and those living with long-term conditions and other health issues, to live independently.

Many innovative schemes provide space for patients to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury. By delivering services in people’s homes, our members work to ensure that their tenants – your patients – have a positive experience of care.

A number of our members focus on working to support client groups through difficult transitions in their lives, such as people fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, young people leaving care, or people recovering from alcohol and substance dependency.

Many of these groups are not only furthest away from the housing market, but also have difficulty accessing mainstream health services.

By working together, housing and health providers can improve people’s health, and reduce the pressure on acute services by acting fast to prevent health problems before they arise.

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