Housing and Health 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

This Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) provides a succinct introduction to a wealth of information and data on housing and housing issues in Cambridgeshire; to the local and national organisations that deliver housing services and funding (much of which is relevant to health and wellbeing); and to strategic housing plans for Cambridgeshire and the mechanisms through which these plans can be influenced. Health professionals and managers who wish to learn about the potential links between health and housing services are strongly recommended to read the full JSNA report.

The seven broad housing priorities for Cambridgeshire agreed by the Cambridge sub-regional housing board are to:

  • Deliver new homes to support economic success.
  • Enable better health and wellbeing through housing, affordable housing and housing-related support.

  • Create mixed, balanced, sustainable and cohesive communities.

  • Improve standards in existing homes and encourage best use of all housing stock.

  • Extend housing choice and meet housing need.

  • Prevent and tackle homelessness.

  • Promote the benefits good partnership working can bring to housing-related issues.

The aim of the JSNA is to identify how each of these areas of housing activity is relevant to the health and wellbeing of Cambridgeshire residents; and the priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Board. It also relates activities where applicable to the three commissioning priorities of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Key findings identified in this assessment focus heavily on partnership working, building networks, learning from each other, and sharing information, while addressing new challenges due to organisational change.

This JSNA is a starting point to help build these connections and strengthen existing partnerships, highlighting areas the sub-regional housing board would like to explore further with partners in 2013-14. It provides an introduction to some of the issues, plans, partnerships and practices across Cambridgeshire which aim to help residents navigate their way through often complex systems, to meet their housing, community and support needs.

Priorities

Across Cambridgeshire, the shared housing priorities are to:-

  •  Deliver new homes to support economic success.
  •  Enable better health and wellbeing through housing, affordable housing and housing-related support.
  •  Create mixed, balanced, sustainable and cohesive communities.
  •  Improve standards in existing homes and encourage best use of all housing stock.
  •  Extend housing choice and meet housing need.
  •  Prevent and tackle homelessness.
  •  Promote the benefits good partnership working can bring to housing-related issues.

These are set out in the  Sub-Regional Housing Statement (1.56 MB), which is updated each year.

Report and Supporting Document