A new social organisation has launched a new crowdfunding campaign with the aim of providing more adapted properties for rent around the UK. The scheme, Community Sponsors Homes, hopes to raise £30,000 so it can establish itself.
The organisation estimates that 330,000 more accessible homes are needed in Britain and the lack of such homes are piling pressure onto the NHS and causing bed-blocking, with wheelchair users unable to leave hospital for lack of suitable accommodation.
Eleanor Bowden, CEO for the organisation, has recognised the lack of adapted housing for wheelchair users to rent on a long-term basis and plans to use a range of initiatives to bring more accessible homes to the UK.
“Wheelchair users are living in unsuitable accommodation. They may be unable to bathe themselves at home, reliant on a carer to assist them in everyday tasks when they may not need to be, unable to leave one or two rooms of the house, and are often unable to leave the house at all,” she said.
“We strongly believe that there is a need to transform this situation. This lack of suitable housing can undoubtedly cause detriment to the physical wellbeing of wheelchair users, in some cases meaning that they cannot work, incur higher heating bills, and have radical emotional and financial distress.”
Community Sponsors Homes has also said that it may pilot new method of providing subsidised rent, as well as a way of rewarding residents with shares in the property.