Find out about health and housing in Welwyn Hatfield.
Housing support in Welwyn Hatfield
Housing has a significant role to play in maintaining and improving the quality of life and contributes to a range of health outcomes. Poor quality housing can have significant negative effects on many health problems including respiratory illness, hypothermia, heart attacks and strokes. Associated stress and anxiety caused by substandard housing can also increase the risk of mental health conditions and cold or overcrowded conditions can have negative effects in children's educational development and their long-term opportunities of sustained employment.
A 'decent home', where we feel safe and warm, is central to our healthy life expectancy and good housing standards contribute to the Public Health Outcomes Framework, and to other priority areas within the Hertfordshire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
The Welwyn Hatfield Housing department is here to help you with information about council and social housing, new housing developments and has advice for homeowners, landlords and private renters.Click the link to find out more
WelHat Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy
The aim of this policy is to ensure that residents in Welwyn Hatfield receive the necessary assistance to 'help them live in their own homes, safely and with dignity with the right adaptation when they need it'.
This policy is in two parts: Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants - this sets out the mandatory legal framework for DFGs in accordance with the 96 Act including eligibility criteria and the prescribed means test assessment.
Discretionary Assistance- this sets out the councils' policy to provide discretionary interventions to promote independent living and wellbeing.
The Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 (RRO) and latterly the Better Care Fund enables councils to support the wider prevention agenda of housing, social care and health authorities. The Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy contributes towards the council's commitment 'we will provide high-quality housing, thriving neighborhoods and sustainable communities.
Do you need advice on how to live independently at home
The Welwyn Hatfield 'Helping you live independently' Leaflet from WelHat Borough Council provides advice and information on the Disabled Facility Grant to help you carry on living at home independently. Did you know that you can apply for a Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) for adaptations in your home and also for funding for essential repairs to your home?
Who can apply?
• Any owner-occupier, private tenant or landlord
• Applications for adults are subject to a financial assessment (means test)
• Applications for children are not means-tested
Read the Live Independently at Home Leaflet for more information
Allotments are great healthy places to be
The Welwyn Hatfield borough has a large allotment community with over 40 allotment sites across the borough. Whether you would like to grow more of your own food for health reasons or you just love gardening or you are keen to be more active managing your own allotment can offer many health benefits.If you would like to register for an allotment or find out more about allotments click the link to find out more.