We're #ForAccessibleHomes, are you?

Did you know that just 9% of the housing stock in England has basic access features?

We know that too many disabled and older people are living in unsuitable housing, which can impact on their ability to live independently. We know that inclusive, accessible homes are great for everyone, allowing us to use our homes throughout our whole lives as our needs change.

In order to make sure that there are enough accessible homes for everyone who needs them, the Government, local authorities, planners, developers and communities all have their part to play to address the shortage of accessible homes.

That's why, every September, we run a week of action #ForAccessibleHomes, to make a big impression and raise awareness of the lack of accessible homes in the UK. This year, #ForAccessibleHomes takes place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 September 2020.

Download the YouGov Poll key findings To mark the week, Habinteg commissioned a YouGov poll that asked a sample of UK adults about the design of their homes and their experiences during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The survey found that disabled respondents were over 3 times more likely than non-disabled people to report that the inaccessibility of their home undermined their wellbeing during lockdown.

Here's how you can get involved

  • Follow us on Instagram and Twitter
  • Share your favourite accessible feature with us as part of #ForAccessibleHomes 2020 (Lockdown edition)! Find the instruction kit here 
  • If you've got a #ForAccessibleHomes story you'd love to share as part of the campaign, email us and let us know
  • Read our research report  and share with your networks

#ForAccessibleHomes blog

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Covid-19 shows we can’t expect UK Gov alone to act on accessible homes

Helen Evans, Chair of the G15 and Chief Executive of Network Homes shares why she thinks Covid-19 is a rallying cry for us to champion accessibility and inclusion this #ForAccessibleHomes week....

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We must do better for our disabled population

Habinteg tenant and Insight group member, Kerry Thompson, shares how her accessible homes has helped her to live independently and why she's campaigning for more accessible homes....

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The Government must put homes at the heart of the UK's recovery

Kate Henderson, National Housing Federation's chief executive, shares why she thinks now is an ideal time for the Government to put homes at the heart of the UK's recovery....

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Locked down, not locked in

Habinteg Insight Group member, Fleur Perry, shares how being able to easily access her garden during lockdown, meant that she was locked down but not locked in....

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We must plan for our older and disabled population

In this blog, Cllr David Renard shares why he believes it's essential that we plan for old age, and how we house older people, as a society and as individuals....

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What I get up to in my accessible home

Habinteg tenant Chris Hicken, has lived in a Habinteg property for 21 years, he shares what he enjoys most about living in an accessible home....