National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 - 2027

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 By: Communications Research area:  Housing for People with a Disability
National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 - 2027

New National Housing Strategy for Disabled People

The second National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 was published on 14th January 2022 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 second Strategy to 2027 will build on the considerable achievements of the 2011 Strategy, continuing the journey of the last 10 years which saw many people with disabilities allocated suitable housing, new structures developed to align housing provision with needed health and social care supports, progress made on decongregation into community residential care and increasing awareness and understanding of disability and housing within housing and disability services.


The 2022 Strategy re-echoes the vision of the first Strategy with a particular emphasis on disabled people having choice and control over their living arrangements. It seeks ‘to facilitate disabled people to live independently with the appropriate choices and control over where, how and with whom they live, promoting their inclusion in the community; and to further enable equal access for disabled people to housing with integrated support services’.


This new Strategy has been developed to clearly present Government’s vision for housing for disabled people:

  • by the three key Departments involved
  • following a comprehensive 8-month, 2-phase consultation including online focus groups held with the Disability Participation and Consultation Network
  • to support and strengthen the co-operation and collaboration of Government departments, state agencies, local authorities and others in delivering housing and related supports for disabled people over the next five years


A thematic approach to delivery is set out in the Strategy with each theme having desired outcomes that when delivered will contribute to the overall vision. The six themes include accessible housing and communities and affordability of housing alongside themes related to further developing knowledge, capacity and expertise across the sector and collaboration between the policy and delivery partners across the State. Key elements of progress from the 2011 Strategy in the new 2022-2027 Strategy are:

  • The Vision for the new Strategy has evolved from the first Strategy and, driven by the feedback to the consultation, now places independent living and being included in the community at its centre
  • The new Strategy aligns with the principles and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and implementation of the new Strategy will be monitored through a UNCRPD lens
  • the structures that were established under the first Strategy, and which are widely regarded as being key to the progress made, have been reviewed and the new Strategy seeks to improve their operation and overall effectiveness.


Attention now turns to work on the very important Implementation Plan for the Strategy, the preparation of which will be overseen by The Housing Agency, and to be published by mid-year, detailing how outcomes will be achieved. Pending development of the Implementation Plan, a number of Actions requiring immediate progress are included by Theme.


The suite of documents accompanying the Strategy can be found below.





Supplementary Documents: 



Audio Version of the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People Strategy Document 
01 - Disability Terminology
02 - Foreword & Contents
03 - Executive Summary & Overview of Themes
04 - Introduction
05 - Section 1 - Chapter 1 - National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability 2011 - 2016 (extended to 2021)
06 - Chapter 2 - National Disability Inclusion Strategy
07 - Chapter 3 - Progress on UNCRPD
08 - Chapter 4 - Policy Context
09 - Section 2 - Chapter 5 - Statistical Overview
10 - Chapter 6 - Research on Models and Practices
11 - Chapter 7 - Consultation
12 - Section 3 - Chapter 8 - The Strategy and the United Nations
13 - Chapter 9 - Vision and Themes
14 - Chapter 9 - Themes
15 - Section 4 - Chapter 10 - Implementation Plan
16 - Chapter 11 - Implementation Structures
17 - Chapter 12 - Monitoring and Data Collection
18 - Appendix 1 - Membership of the National Advisory Group
19 - Appendix 2 - Glossary of Terms
20 - Appendix 3 - References | The Housing Agency
Audio Version of the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People Executive Summary 
00 Terminology, Contents, Timelines 
01 Introduction
02 Housing For All
03 The Strategy and the UNCRPD
04 Themes
05 Implementation Plan
Audio Version of the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People Strategy Easy to Read Version
01 Introduction 
02 Section 1 - What Has Been Done 
03 Section 2 - Where We Are Now 
04 Section 3 - Where We Want To Get To 
05 Section 4 - How We Will Get There 

06 Data Collection 

Audio Version of the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People Strategy Implementation Plan
01 - Contents 
02 - Introduction
03 - The Vision
04 - National Housing Policy
05 - Mapping of Housing and Disability Policy
06 - Themes
07 - Implementation Structures 
08 - Update on the Implementation of the Strategy
09 - Funding Committments
10 - Theme 1 - Accessible Housing and Communities
11 - Theme 2 - Interagency Collaboration and the Provision of Supports
12 - Theme 3 - Affordability of Housing
13 - Theme 4 - Communication and Access to Information
14 - Theme 5 - Knowledge, Capacity, and Expertise
15 - Theme 6 - Strategy Alignment