Sophie, a wheelchair user, brushes her hair looking in the mirror in her bathroom Sophie, a wheelchair user, brushes her hair looking in the mirror in her bathroom

Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis

In 2016 we began our inquiry into housing for disabled people. We looked at whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, is fulfilling disabled people’s rights to live independently in England, Scotland and Wales. On this page you’ll find the results of that inquiry in the form of videos, blogs, reports, recommendations, infographics and case studies.

'For at least two years I didn’t have proper access to any kind of bathing facilities.'

June and Michelle talk about their fight for accessible housing, and how their lives have been transformed by adaptations.

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Read the report

Our report reveals that there is a significant shortage of accessible homes and that many disabled people are frustrated by the housing system.

Read the report: Great Britain's hidden crisis

Read the report: Wales's hidden crisis 

Read the report: Scotland's hidden crisis 

'I like to do as much as I can for myself. There are a few adaptations in the house to make life a little bit easier.'

We asked disabled people to give us an insight into their lives at home. Their selfie videos reveal their tips and tricks for making life easier.

Post your own tips to help others, using #lifehacks (Twitter, opens in new window) and #hiddenhousingcrisis (Twitter, opens in new window).

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'Tailor-made services helped me to return to who I was before.'

Our case studies highlight the impact that accessible housing can have on people's lives. 

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The ‘other’ hidden housing crisis

Susan Johnson, one of our Commissioners, says that change is possible but governments need to act now

Read Susan Johnson's blog

Urgent action needed on housing for disabled people

Sue Adams, Chief Executive of Care and Repair, says we have a postcode lottery when it comes to adapting homes for disabled people.

Read Sue Adams' blog