It’s been two weeks since I posted the news that Steven’s name was being out forward for a two bedroom, first floor flat on a new build development, very close to where we currently live.
Today, we got a bit of an update but still nothing definite. The “handover” from the property developers to the Housing Association will be happening mid August. Then the people who have been selected will be invited for a viewing. If we like the property and wish to pursue a tenancy, the Housing Association then do the necessary checks they are obliged to carry out. As long as the checks are okay, Steven is then offered a tenancy to sign.
End of September? October? Who knows.
The one thing I don’t understand is why neither myself nor Jayne, our housing advocate have got an answer to the simple question – “Do you put the names forward of more people than there are available flats?” Nobody will answer that question, which seems to us to be crucial. Basically, it means will Steven still have to go through a selection process, even after he’s viewed the property and expressed his wish to move in? If that’s the case, that will be very tough on Steven. It won’t just be a case of building his hopes up. It means he will be forced to enter into a process where there is no certainty about the outcome, something he always finds very troubling.
I’m clinging onto the fact that we’ve been told, Steven now falls into their “direct allocation” criteria. Also, the original email specifically mentions a “first floor flat”, which must be promising. Perhaps?
I’m not taking this personally. I don’t think the LA are being deliberately obtuse. I think it’s just another of their completely inflexible systems that takes no account whatsoever of the needs of an autistic person.
In the meantime, I’m still having to bid for properties on the LA’s housing options bidding list. This week, there was just one property in the whole borough – a 1 bedroom flat in sheltered housing for the over 60s. That’s the second week running, there was nothing to bid for. Even if Steven is still number 42 on their list.
Today, Steven had his six monthly psychiatrist’s check up and the brilliant news is that he’s lost a further four stone since the last appointment. Since, we started to reduce the medication over 18 months ago, Steven has lost 8 stone. We’re now in the final phase. At the moment he only takes .5mg every evening. The next step is to stop it completely. I know he will experience a reaction to the withdrawal – everybody does, so the timing has to be right. If we had a bit of certainty about the new flat, it would really help with that planning.
In the meantime, we’ll continue dangling.
Like a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat.
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