The government is to invest an extra £76 million a year in building homes for vulnerable people.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the extension of the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH) will see new homes built over the next three years.
These will be tailored to the needs of senior citizens, disabled people and those with mental health issues.
This means they will include features such as flexibility to adapt or install equipment or assistive technology and varying levels of personal care and support to residents.
Minister for care Caroline Dinenage stated that nobody should have to go into a residential home or stay in hospital because there is an inadequate supply of specialised housing that suits their needs.
As a result, she believes the CASSH fund provides a “vital lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in society to live their own lives in a home that works for them”.
Ms Dinenage added that she wants the fund to be used to its maximum potential so “more homes can be created, more quickly, ensuring that thousands of people are supported to live independently in their own homes, benefitting both them and their carers”.
Charlotte Cook, a partner at Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors, commented: “The links between suitable housing and better health are oft cited, so it is super to see the extension of the CASSH funding. Support for the most vulnerable in society must continue to be supported.”