Improving the health and wellbeing of residents is fundamental to the regeneration of communities. Good quality housing and flourishing communities have a huge positive impact on the health and wellbeing of an individual.
Many of our members are actively involved in improving the health of residents through providing quality housing and improvements under the WHQS. In addition many housing associations provide care and support services for the elderly and disabled and undertake home adaptations.
It is widely recognised that housing and health are closely linked however more work can be done to improve partnership working between the housing and health sectors. Improving partnership working can lead to the integration and improvement of services, enabling both prevention of crisis and earlier intervention when problems arise. Developing effective partnerships will therefore improve outcomes and reduce service delivery costs.
In 2011 Community Housing Cymru and Care and Repair Cymru commissioned KAFKA Brigade UK to undertake a study on the opportunities for the community housing sector to support health outcomes. The full Kafka report can be viewed here.
To view examples of housing and health partnerships and the health services provided by housing associations visit the Good Practice section.
Further information on housing and health can also be found in the Care, Support and Community Health section.