Mental Health Reform welcomes the publication of the Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022-2027.
The new strategy, launched today by Minister Darragh O’Brien, Minister Peter Burke and Minister Anne Rabbitte, places a greater emphasis on independent living and community inclusion. It aims to facilitate disabled people to live independently with the appropriate choices and control over where, how and with whom they live.
A key element is a focus on coordinating provision of housing for disabled people with the social supports provided through HSE-funded disability services.
Commenting on the strategy, Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform said:
“Through the implementation of this strategy we can ensure that people with psychosocial disabilities or mental health difficulties get access to secure high-quality and appropriate housing that facilitates and sustains their recovery.
In particular, we welcome that the strategy reflects and promotes the housing recommendations in Sharing the Vision, Ireland’s mental health policy. The enhanced coordination between housing, health and social care is also hugely welcome.
Equal opportunities, individual choice and independent living must be available for all people with mental health difficulties.
We look forward to working with the Ministers, their Departments, the Housing Agency and all of the key stakeholders to support the implementation of this vital strategy.”
The National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 is being published by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) with the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY).
The strategy is available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/60d76-national-housing-strategy-for-disabled-people-2022-2027/