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Housing and Adaptions

As you move into adulthood you may require assistance or adaptations to remain at home or alternatively, you may decide to move out into your own accommodation.   Regardless of your decision, planning and support is important to helping you achieve successful independent living.   

There are several independent organisations within Ealing that may be able to offer information, advice and support on housing and independent living related queries- see section below: advice and support from independent organisations. 

Planning for independent living

It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for independent living.
If you are being supported by an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, independent living options will be discussed with you as part of your transition planning from Year 9 onwards. 

This will give you plenty of time to work on the skills you need to achieve your goals for adulthood. It will also give you time to find out about the support you may need.

Transition Plans

Your transition plan should include your goals for independent living

You can speak to your teacher at school/college or social worker to view and review your transition plan.

Staying in your current home and adaptations

Your home and living circumstances should enable you to have as much independence as you can, whilst ensuring you have the right support to make this happen.

You may find it helpful to visit CarePlace where you will be able to find providers of care and support services in Ealing and throughout London.  You can search for equipment, adaptations, support planning, personal care, household maintenance and personal assistants. For more information, visit  www.careplace.org.uk

Equipment to make daily life easier

Ealing’s Equipment and Adaptations Service aims to make homes more suitable for people with a disability, for example, a raised toilet seat or bathing equipment. Ealing Council has occupational therapists who can assess the need for special equipment and adaptations to your home.   

You can speak to an occupational therapist about your needs and check your eligibility to the service by contacting Social Services Contact Centre:

Social Services Contact Centre 
Tel: (020) 8825 8000 
Email: sscallcentre@ealing.gov.uk

Enquiries relating to management and coordination of repairs should be made to the Repairs and Adaptations service:

Repairs and Adaptation Service 
Tel: (020) 8825 6070 
Email: housinggrants@ealing.gov.uk

Telecare devices and aids  (e.g. Ealing Careline) is an alarm network for people of all ages with a chronic sickness or disability (including learning disabilities), and their carers living in the borough, can increase home safety for people with disabilities. Our Control Centre Staff can offer more advice and information on this.  

For an application form visit:

www.ealing.gov.uk/emergency_alarm_system 

Alternatively, please call 0300 123 2986 to talk to one of the operators.

Minor housing jobs/repairs

Ealing’s Handyperson Service & Grants arranges minor jobs in the home for disabled, older or otherwise vulnerable people; You will also be assisted with all aspects of the grant process, if necessary. To qualify for the Handyperson Service the client must either be: disabled; a single parent in receipt of an income-related benefit* living with child(ren) under 16; aged 60 or over (and not in paid employment).  For more information visit Ealing Improvement and Repairs 

Repairs and Adaptations service

Tel: (020) 8825 6070

Email: housinggrants@ealing.gov.uk

 

Independent living support- for people with learning disabilities

Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD) This a joint health and social service multi-disciplinary team. They work to support adults with learning disabilities to maintain their independence in the community including housing and independent living. CTPLD can also make referrals to:

  • Short Breaks Services (respite and emergency care) for adults aged 18 years or older with learning disabilities.
  • Outreach: Customers are supported by an Outreach worker to live independently in their own accommodation or access services within the community  
    Ealing Shared Lives-CHOICE  provides a variety of supported living opportunities within the community for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities
  • Ealing Shared Lives (ESL): An adult placement scheme providing long-term support, respite and day opportunities

To find out if you are eligible for a service from the community team contact the Social Care Customer Contact Centre on (020) 8825 8000. The CTPLD team can also be contacted directly:

Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities
62 Green Lane
Hanwell
W7 2PB

Tel: (020) 8566 2360
Fax:(020) 8566 2204
Email: learning_disabilities_duty_team@ealing.gov.uk

Social Housing

If you are interested in renting a council or housing association property in Ealing you must register first (you must be at least 18 years old).  It is not always the right option for everyone and many people face a lengthy wait. We will always give priority to those with the greatest housing needs.

Ealing Housing Choice & Options Team are able to provide information and advice on the process for applying for social housing, housing applications and on other housing related issues:

Ealing Housing Choice & Options
Perceval House
4th Floor South East
14-16 Uxbridge Road
Ealing
London
W5 2HL

Tel: 020 8825 7274/8800

Email:  locatahelp@ealing.gov.uk - if your query relates to bidding or difficulties in accessing Locata.

If you think you may lose your home and you live in the borough, contact the housing advice service: Tel: 020 8825 8888/8881

Social Housing

If you are interested in renting a council or housing association property in Ealing you must register first (you must be at least 18 years old).  It is not always the right option for everyone and many people face a lengthy wait. 

Ealing Housing Choice & Options Team are able to provide information and advice on the process for applying for social housing, housing applications and on other housing related issues:

Ealing Housing Choice & Options
Perceval House
14-16 Uxbridge Road
Ealing
London
W5 2HL

Tel: 020 8825 7274/8800

If your query relates to bidding or difficulties in accessing Locata:  

Email:  locatahelp@ealing.gov.uk

If you think you may lose your home and you live in the borough, contact the housing advice service:

Tel: 020 8825 8888/8881

Financial Help and Assistance

There are a range of financial benefits available to help with housing related costs and support services. 

Direct Payments - arranging your own care and services

If you’ve been assessed by your local council as needing care and support services, you may want to choose Direct Payments. They allow you to buy in and arrange help yourself instead of receiving it directly from your local council. 

To find out if you qualify for Direct Payments contact Adult Social Care

Tel: 020 8825 8000 (option 3, 3)

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you are renting your home from a private landlord, Local Authority or housing association, you may be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant to help with adapting your home; visit www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants/overview  or check with Ealing Council’s Repairs & Adaptation Team 020 8825 6070 for more information.

Disability-Grants.org

Disability grants is a guide to grants for disabled individuals. This site saves you time and money by searching charities and Trusts providing funding towards high cost disability equipment, housing adaptations…in fact anything above and beyond the normal cost of living. 

For more information please visit www.disability-grants.org 

You may be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax bill if your home has certain features that are essential to you living there. 

VAT relief for disabled people

If you’re disabled or have a long-term illness, you won’t be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use.  To get the product VAT free your disability has to qualify.  For more information www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief 

Housing and Council Tax Reduction

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are paid by local councils.

You can claim Housing Benefit if you are on a low income and paying rent.

For more information www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/home-and-housing

Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are used to work out how much housing benefit you can get if you are a tenant renting from a private landlord. The LHA rates relate to the area in which you make your claim and are based on rents paid in the area they relate to. These rents are being paid by people with the same number of bedrooms as the property where you live, or the number of rooms you and your household need. LHA is usually paid direct to you rather than to your landlord.

You can check the LHA rates for Ealing by visiting: www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201103/housing_benefit_and_council_tax_support/328/local_housing_allowance

Advice and support from an independent organisation

There are several independent organisations within Ealing that may be able to offer information, support and advice on housing and independent living related queries:

Mencap

Mencap provide information, advice and guidance for young people, parents and professionals regarding transition and preparing for adulthood. They run a number of projects that support young people in acquiring independent living skills, securing and maintaining suitable accommodation.  

Mencap (National) : www.mencap.org.uk 

Ealing Mencap Tel: 020 8566 9575

www.ealingmencap.org.uk

Ealing Specialist Advice Service (ESAS)

ESAS offer free, confidential advice to carers or adults with additional needs in Ealing.

They can assist and support with: 

  • housing issues
  • welfare benefits
  • transport and travel
  • health & social care advice
  • understanding letters
  • written & online applications
  • online bidding for social housing
  • assistance with telephone calls

Tel: 020 8567 8017
       020 8579 8429

E-mail: info@ealingsas.org.uk

Website: www.ealingsas.org.uk/

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offer advice on a range on topics- including housing. Visit thier site below.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk  

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