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Old 08-03-13, 01:56 PM   #1
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I work in a hostel and one of our clients has HD. The hostel is not suitable for him, but as he was homeless he was referred here. We are finding it a challenge to access appropriate accommodation for him. Can anyone tell me what his rights to housing are, and what the routes are? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you
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Old 08-03-13, 08:26 PM   #2
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I work in a hostel and one of our clients has HD. The hostel is not suitable for him, but as he was homeless he was referred here. We are finding it a challenge to access appropriate accommodation for him. Can anyone tell me what his rights to housing are, and what the routes are? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you
Hi Beach,

Welcome to the Messy Board,

You are obviously a very considerate worker at that hostel.

A lot is likely to depend on where you are in the Country and how sympathetic the system is in your area. I know when me and Hubs were about to be made homeless, Hubs was on the old style benefits (DLA and Incapacity Benefit) and we were assessed to be re-homed. We got lucky as there were some new buildings with disabled facilities being put up but I suspect we were in the right place at the right time for once. Also... things have got much tighter now. I'd run through the process of forms and who we saw but I suspect it might not be the same these days although I can give more detail if you don't get anything more useful.

Your best bet is to call the HDA direct on Monday (Number at top of this page) and ask for their advice. Your client's stage of HD is likely to have a big impact on whether he qualifies for housing and how many points he would get. Much like anyone with a disability be it mental, or physical it is based on perceived needs and availability of suitable stock. However, the HDA may be able to help with supporting any process. I don't work for them by the way but I know they did a great letter to the Housing Association explaining Hub's needs at the time and the likely progression.

Hopefully there is supported living available in your area, but again, a lot will depend on how your client is assessed.
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Old 09-03-13, 11:51 AM   #3
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We filled in 2 application forms.One a standard housing application and the other was for applying for housing under medical grounds.This also required supporting information from our GP and social worker.These 2 forms were then sent to our local housing office together and it got us priority housing and we moved in around 3 months after applying! Different circumstances though as I was a carer for my daughter.

Like Trish pointed out though the stage of his HD will play a vital role in what is offered and contacting the HDA is your best bet.

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We filled in 2 application forms.One a standard housing application and the other was for applying for housing under medical grounds.This also required supporting information from our GP and social worker.These 2 forms were then sent to our local housing office together and it got us priority housing and we moved in around 3 months after applying! Different circumstances though as I was a carer for my daughter.

Like Trish pointed out though the stage of his HD will play a vital role in what is offered and contacting the HDA is your best bet.

Thanks for caring xxx
Thank you both for your guidance- I will give the HDA a call next week. Kindest regards
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Hi,

I work as a housing/homeless advisor.

Is the hostel being provided as temporary accommodaion following an application as homeless?

Feel free to contact me and I shall do my best to advise you correctly.

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