The impact of independent advice and information about housing and support options for people with learning difficulties

Ken Simons

The quality of ‘ordinary housing’ services for people with learning difficulties tends to vary.

These options rarely lead to people being fully integrated with the community. Indeed, in practice they are rarely that ‘ordinary’. Most take the form of registered residential care. Very few people with learning difficulties currently get to live in their own home.

This report is based on an independent evaluation of the services provided by Housing Options – an advisory service established to enable people with learning difficulties a much wider choice of housing. Through interviews with service users and providers and study of a range of similar projects, Pushing open the door looks at:

  • who uses the Housing Options service;
  • people’s experiences of using the service, including the ways in which their choice was limited;
  • capacity building with organisations;
  • key findings and the implications for advice services, service commissioners and central government;
  • wider lessons about the application of supported living.