For people looking for a place to live

Our housing team finds, provides and maintains good homes for the people we support – people like WilliamFred, Meg and Emily, and we also act as landlord for many people supported by others.

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We believe that everyone has the right to a good home and to live where they choose.

We know that finding a safe and suitable home in the right place can be really difficult, particularly for those leaving an assessment and treatment unit. With a stock of around 1000 properties, there are always a number of vacancies. Although most of our housing is sourced in line with an individual’s needs, we may just have the right place available at the right time for you. Our contact details are at the foot of the page.

Housing Management

Our nationwide housing team works with our tenants throughout their tenancy to keep them in good shape and to adapt their homes in line with their changing needs.

Our tenants have high levels of choice and control over their homes, including a matching service to make sure tenants are compatible with new housemates.

We provide Easy Read tenancy agreements (including video easyread) and face-to-face support to make sure our tenants fully understand their contracts.

The team can handle a wide range of different situations. Sometimes we provide housing management and maintenance, sometimes one or the other. Sometimes we will own the property, sometimes it is leased from others. Usually we support the tenant but occasionally he or she is supported by another organisation. We’re flexible, we hold high standards, and we take pride in being good partners.

But don’t just take our word for it; see what our tenants say about us in the Dimensions Listening and learning report 2020-21.

Specialist Housing Brokerage

Few other support providers offer a dedicated team of housing brokers.

This extraordinary story, sharing the practical difficulties of securing the right housing for a person, explains why we now employ brokers and provides detailed advice to people looking for supported housing.

Our housing brokers are experts in finding innovative supported housing solutions.  Through them, we might buy a home for someone, or work in partnership with others to build or adapt accommodation such as Smug Oak.

In all of our work, we ask ourselves if the proposed living arrangement would pass ‘the family test.’

  • In Weymouth we’ve worked exceptionally hard alongside partners including family, the NHS and the local authority to find and buy a new home for a young man at risk of entering ATU. This may sound routine but we’re dead proud of this – there were some nail biting moments!
  • In Gateshead, we’re working in a brilliant partnership with Places4People to secure social rents for people with highly complex needs, and working with them to adapt the property accordingly.
  • And in Sheffield, we’ve recently worked with a housing association to enable a particular individual to move to more suited location – we’re tracking incidents and expecting these to now fall considerably.

With years of experience, our supported housing brokers can advise both local authorities and families on:

  • finding suitable properties
  • renting a home and tenancy agreements
  • renting from private landlords, the local authority, developers, families or a housing association
  • buying a property, including shared ownership
  • property maintenance.

Find out how our housing brokerage team overcomes significant challenges to finding housing for people with learning disabilities and autism

Find out more about our approach to assistive technology

Developments

In Sheffield, we’re working with NHS (England) and the local authority to finance and rebuild a property that will eventually provide five fully self contained flats in a vibrant local community for young autistic people transitioning into adult support.

In the St Albans area, following planning approval from the Secretary of State and working with Homes England, we’re building on a brownfield site to provide individual flats and bungalows for nine people – once again, in the heart of a local community and with assistive technology central to the design.

In Essex, we’re partnering with a local developer and the council’s adult social care team to build three flats tailored to the needs of the people we support there. In fact, this partnership has gone so well that we’ve partnered up again, this time to build a bespoke home for two people at risk of eviction from their private let – and we’re managing to achieve this without any increase to their exempt rent!

We don’t build intentional communities. We do create places where people with learning disabilities and autism can live vibrant lives within their local city, town or village. If you’re a landlord, developer, commissioner or investor why not talk to us?

Further information

We are a Registered Social Landlord and Registered Provider of social housing, owning some 260 properties. In relation to supported living we have over 140 different contracts with local authorities, covering over 800 supported living properties and we are an accredited supplier to over 70 local authorities.

Click here to view our housing policies 

Visit our easy read pages to find more information on what Dimensions will do for you as a tenant or to find out more about how we support people in their homes.

Click here to download Dimensions Tenants’ Annual Housing Report 2019-20

Click here to download Dimensions Tenants’ Annual Housing Report 2020-21

Contact us

To talk to us about finding housing in your area, or to work in partnership with us to develop new homes, contact our housing team on 0300 303 9194 or enquiries@dimensions-uk.org.