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How associations can use their specialist knowledge to create flexible, adaptable and affordable new models of housing which enable older people to stay at home for as long as possible and so save on care costs

St Vincent’s, North West

HAPPI Homes at Clarence Gardens and Elker Meadows: a cost-effective supported housing model that enables people to stay at home for as long as possible
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What we did

St Vincent’s Housing Association’s two new 19-unit supported housing schemes in Bury and Billington represent a new model of housing for older people and disabled adults. They enable older people to avoid unplanned moves into expensive residential accommodation, should their health deteriorate with care-ready homes that accommodate emerging technologies.

How we did it

St Vincent’s developed the two schemes with the help of CASSH (Care and Support for Specialised Housing) funding from the Department of Health and £550,000 of HCA Care & Support Grant.

The schemes are designed with affordability in mind, with simple design principles and no expensive facilities or staffing requiring revenue funding. Incorporating these HAPPI design features at the outset gives flexibility of usage over time of individual apartments and communal areas depending on need. In addition, each apartment has been designed to meet the Lifetime Homes standard.

The impact we’ve had

  • 19 apartments and bungalows for affordable rent and shared ownership at Clarence Gardens, featuring generous walkways and balconies overlooking Clarence Park
  • Clarence Gardens has fulfilled a previously unmet need for older persons’ housing in the area, with residents reporting an improved sense of well being.
  • 19 new homes at Elker Meadows with homes offering a new style of ‘HAPPI’ living, for rent and shared ownership
  • Flexible accommodation that can adapt to residents' changing needs, with a common room for resident events and weekly visits from a sheltered scheme manager.

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