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Hat trick of award wins for Habinteg helps put the housing industry spotlight on the value of accessible homes

Following on from last week’s success at the UK Housing awards, where Habinteg was awarded Outstanding Approach to Communication, on Thursday 10 May the housing association took home awards for Communications and for Best New Build Accessible Scheme at the inaugural 24Housing diversity awards.

The Communication award was won as a result of Habinteg’s #ForAccessibleHomes campaign. Launched in 2016, in partnership with communications agency Connect, the #ForAccessibleHomes campaign aims to amplify personal stories which highlight the positive difference that accessible housing can make to disabled people by enabling independent living and full participation in the community.

During the campaign’s second Day of Action on 8 September 2017, these stories were widely shared across traditional and social media. Habinteg recorded 1,700 uses of the #ForAccessibleHomes hashtag during the 2017 campaign, with a total reach of 1.5 million lifting the campaign into the top 100 UK trending topics on Twitter.

The Best New Build Accessible Scheme went to Habinteg’s Goodrich Court development in Hounslow. The scheme demonstrates the highest standards in inclusively designed affordable housing. It provides 16 homes, of which 12 are built to the Lifetime Homes Standard, designed to enable adaptations to be made at minimal cost – supporting the changing needs of individuals and families at different stages of their lives. The other four homes are built to wheelchair standards and are designed to meet the requirements of wheelchair users, with features such as adjustable kitchen counters and wet rooms. This scheme clearly expresses Habinteg’s founding principle – developing places to live where disabled and non-disabled people live as neighbours in integrated communities.

 Habinteg’s Chief Executive Sheron Carter said;

“It’s fantastic to have Habinteg recognised for both our campaigning work and our work as a housing provider. Our mission is to champion inclusion by providing and promoting accessible homes and neighbourhoods that welcome and include everyone.

We hope these wins help to demonstrate the critical importance of inclusive and accessible homes to our peers within the housing sector - there is so much more to do before disabled people have an equal chance of having a home that meets their needs, and we need everybody to play their part in making it happen.” 

To find out more about #ForAccessibleHomes please visit:

https://www.habinteg.org.uk/foraccessiblehomes