We are committed to making sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both have a choice about where they live and who they live with.

When people are not happy about where they live they can be more likely to display behaviours that challenge, which can then lead to them going into hospital.

People with a learning disability, autism or both should:

  • be supported to live in their own home in the community with the right support
  • have a choice about who they live with, and the location and community in which they live.
  • have housing that works for them and meets their needs.
  • be offered settled accommodation, or be able to make use of short-term accommodation and support to enable them to continue living independently in the community
  • be able to stay in their home even if their care and support needs to change
  • feel happy and safe in their home

To do this we know we need to support integrated care systems to work with local housing providers and other stakeholders to develop, remodel and adapt accommodation for people with a learning disability, autism or both.

This will mean that more people can live in their own home and get the support they need to live healthy, safe and rewarding lives.

Our work on housing

  • NHS England has made more than £100 million in capital grants available to support housing delivery, which can be accessed via the housing leads and the regional NHS England teams.
  • We have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS) to develop guidance for commissioners and providers on housing: Building the right home.
  • We have a housing team made up of regional NHS England housing leads who support integrated care systems to plan for housing and access NHS capital grants to support delivery.
  • Building the right home: NHS capital guidance has now been published to support clinical commissioning groups, integrated care systems, local authorities, support, care and housing providers on NHS capital grants and legal charges for properties for people with a learning disability and autistic people. The document sets out the process for applications for new grant of capital funds for the purchase, development or redevelopment of land or a property as well as making changes to an existing legal charge/capital grant agreement (CGA).

Personal stories

  • The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) shares personal experiences of people with a learning disability and share their specific accommodation, care and support needs.
  • This case study describes how siblings have been able to move into their own homes thanks to a grant of £12,500 provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement. The funding meant that high quality bespoke toughened equipment and furniture was installed into the properties so that they could live in independent supported living. The local community learning disability team said it has been a “resounding success and they are thriving in their new home”.

Find out more

Our national strategy ‘Building the Right Support‘ describes what good services and support looks like for people with a learning disability, autism or both.

The design checklist provides more information about our expectations and the principles that we use to support planning around the design of housing.

Our Futures Platform includes more information on housing for people with a learning disability and/or who are autistic.

If you have any questions or queries, or would like to find out more about our capital grant programme, please contact learning.disability@nhs.net

Contact us

The following is a list of regional and national housing leads on the learning disability and autism programme.