Housing Functional Assessment

We have changed the way we award additional points to applicants who apply for housing because they think that their home is not suitable because of a clinical health condition and/or disability.

Previously, we awarded points based on medical assessment criteria. From April 2017, if you apply for housing because you think that your home is not suitable due to a health condition and/or disability, we will carry out a housing functional assessment.

A housing functional assessment is not an assessment of the severity of a person's clinical condition or disability. The assessment will look at whether more suitable accommodation would:

  • Help stabilise a clinical condition or disability; or
  • Allow a person to function more independently

The assessment focuses on a person's ability, or inability to carry out essential day to day tasks within their home. To find out more information on the functional assessment you can read our Allocations Policy Housing Functional Assessment leaflet (PDF).

Criteria for functional assessment points

There are five categories of functional assessment points. Read our functional assessment criteria (PDF) to learn about the five categories.

To apply for a functional assessment, you must have a current housing application. You also need to fill in a housing functional assessment form (PDF). Once we receive your form a Housing Occupational Therapist will review the information that you have provided on your form. the Housing Occupational Therapist will carry out a holistic assessment which will include:

  • Physical and mental health wellbeing:
  • Function; and
  • The needs for people with learning disabilities.

We will write and tell you the outcome of the assessment within 28 days.

If you already have an application under the previous scheme (called medical assessment) you will retain the points that you have been awarded until;

  • You are housed;
  • There is a change of circumstance that directly affects your medical points; or
  • Your housing application is cancelled

For a copy of the housing functional assessment form (PDF) or for general enquiries about your application please contact us using the email link below

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