Here are some links to resources that may be helpful when setting up your own supported living house. If you find any others that are helpful, please let us know.

Planning for the future

Thinking Ahead Guides

Together Matters offers a range of guides and planning tools to help you and your family plan for the future. The Thinking Ahead guides offer information around many important aspects of adult life including housing and support.

There are also guides to support you to make emergency plans and planning for annual reviews.

Home Ownership

Home Ownership for People with Long Term Disabilities (HOLD) uses a shared ownership model to make it easier for disabled people to own their own houses. This reduces the deposit and allows you to pay mortgage payments through housing benefit.

My Safe Home

MySafeHome supports disabled people to access home ownership through HOLD. They are happy to answer questions about HOLD and support you through the process of accessing buying a house.

Government Pages on HOLD

This page explains how HOLD schemes work and their eligibility criteria.

Financial Planning and Trusts


MySafeFuture supports disabled people and their families to plan for their financial future


Mencap have several factsheets, a phoneline and hold workshops on trusts and wills.

Housing Support

Golden Lane Housing

Golden Lane Housing is a national housing organisation specialising in working with people with a learning disability. Offering services including tenancy and housing management

Advance Housing

One of the country’s leading providers of accommodation services for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems

The National Housing Federation

The organisation that represents over 1,200 not for profit Housing Associations across England.

Self-Directed Support

Pooling Budgets

A Guide about pooling personal budgets, including direct payments


Information about self-directed support

Self Directed Futures

Information and resources about Individual Service Funds – another option if you are unsure about direct payments.

Additional Funding Sources: Disabled Facilities Grant

The Disabled Facilities Grant is a means tested grant from the local authority to pay for ‘essential’ housing adaptations to help disabled people to live independently in their own homes. In England the maximum grant is £30,000.


Foundations is the national body for Home Improvements Agencies and leads on the transformation of the Disabled Facilities Grant. The site offers a range of guides and information.

Explains how to access the grant, eligibility criteria and how to appeal decisions.

Benefits and Housing Benefit

DirectGov – public services all in one place

This site includes a section for disabled people explaining the services and benefits available. – financial help if you’re disabled

This site includes a range of benefits and financial support you can access as a disabled person

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK has a vast collection of factsheets and resources

Citizens Advice Bureau

This site has pages dedicated to particular benefits and there are many centres locally where staff can offer you advice

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a range of guides on your rights to accessible and adapted housing in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as easy read guides. The guides include information for home owners, private renters and people who live in social housing.