Council delivers £2m scheme for fully-accessible homes

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A £2m housing scheme in Wolverhampton has built ten bespoke social houses adapted for families with an adult wheelchair user.

The Care and Support Specialist Housing (CASSH) scheme is designed to help people live independent lives in their own homes.

Each home is fully wheelchair accessible, has height-adjustable hobs and sink sections in the kitchen, shower areas in bathrooms suitable for wheelchair users or adults with other disabilities, and allow for the fitting of a hoist if required, as well as any other adjustments suggested by the client’s Occupation Therapist.

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The former Heantun Housing Association (HHA), now part of Accord, has a successful track record of designing and delivering family sized wheelchair housing in the city, and managed the builds on behalf of the council.

The units are part funded by £450,000 of a £900,000 Government Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant.

The remainder of the grant has been used by HHA in addition to its own funding to develop a further ten wheelchair accessible homes, which it owns and manages.

Councillor Peter Bilson, deputy leader and Cabinet Member for City Housing and Assets, said: “This is good news for our residents and is the first house building project of this kind for the city council.

“It is enabling people to lead independent and fulfilling lives at home with their families.

“It is vital we are responsive to the range of needs represented on our housing register, and we are determined to do more.”

Meanwhile, Sara Woodall, Accord’s executive director of communities, said: “We were delighted to be part of bringing these self-contained houses and bungalows to Wolverhampton, and it is heartening to see that they have been situated within established residential communities, and have been supported by local Tenant and Resident Associations.”

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