Match Me: What works for adapted social housing lettings

Match Me is a partnership research project between Horizon, Housing Options Scotland and the University of Stirling.

Horizon was awarded a £92,500 research grant for its Match Me project in January 2017 by the Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme, supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Match Me is an 18-month research project into the allocation of adapted and accessibly designed social housing, being carried out in partnership by Horizon, Housing Options Scotland and the University of Stirling.  The project is steered by a disabled-led advisory group and is training and employing self-identifying disabled researchers.

Match Me relates to the national policy of letting adapted social housing to best meet the requirements of disabled applicants.  The research is being conducted in 3 local authority areas in Scotland with differing socio-economic, urban/rural profiles and lettings systems. 

The project seeks solutions to the following questions:

  • How can disabled people achieve more, better and faster routes to independent living through social housing lettings?
  • How can improvements to allocation policies and practices promote equal housing opportunities for disabled people?
  • What support is required for disabled house seekers in the social housing application and lettings processes?
  • How can adapted and adaptable housing better enhance independent living?

Match Me will demonstrate what works for disabled housing applicants and what needs to change to achieve effective allocations, in quicker time frames and with greater equality in terms of speed and range of housing options offered. 

The project seeks to impact on local and national policy and practice through robust evidence. The project builds on the experience and findings from our earlier scoping study, Matching Up.

The partners started work in July 2017 and the research results are expected by Spring 2019.