Family Mosaic releases much-needed new homes for disabled buyers
A wheelchair-accessible home at a Family Mosaic development in London has helped 29-year-old health worker Dzifa Ahadzie finally get on the property ladder - after a lengthy search for an affordable home that would properly support her needs.
Thanks to a shared ownership scheme, Dzifa, who uses a wheelchair due to a chronic health condition, has now bought a 25% share in her first property, paying a subsidised rent on the remaining share.
"When I first started looking for a home to buy I was pretty shocked by the overall lack of suitable choice in London," Dzifa explains. "When I finally found my flat through Family Mosaic, I was so relieved to discover I could afford to get on the property ladder, and be in a home that suited my needs and enabled me to be more independent. Family Mosaic offered a great selection of wheelchair suitable homes in fantastic London locations."
In 2005, a government study into London's disabled housing found that nearly one third of the 130,000 disabled households in London live in unsuitable housing, of which 32% (41,057) need to move to alternative housing with specialist adaptations. Despite this report, however, many wheelchair users in 2014 still find there is a severe a lack of choice and facilities to suit their needs in today's housing market, making it a tough challenge to find a suitable home to buy.
Family Mosaic, which provides affordable homes to rent and buy, works alongside local authority accessibility officers to make sure every property meets the needs of its owners. All homes have larger doorways for easy access, for example, and have open plan interiors with purpose-built mod cons and mid-level switches and power sockets for easy access.
Lauren Nicholson, head of marketing at Family Mosaic, says: "Family Mosaic prides itself on giving people a helping hand onto the property ladder and providing new, affordable properties that can be adapted to suit the buyer's requirements is essential to ensure that we really are offering something for everyone and that no one is excluded from home ownership."
Dzifa has been impressed with the thoughtful design of her accessible apartment, particularly some of the 'extra' features that help her to enjoy her apartment to the full. "I now have a remotely controlled hob which lowers to allow me to cook, and with a touch of a button I can open my windows and doors! The windows are even fitted so I can see the views from my wheelchair," Dzifa adds.
Family Mosaic's latest accessible housing developments
The organisation is now launching its latest range of two- and three-bedroom wheelchair-accessible homes at Lime Wharf in the heart of Hackney. Residents there will be living within a lively conservation area and enjoying views over Regent's Canal, while being just a short distance away from some of London's most fashionable areas such as Angel, Shoreditch, Dalston and Hoxton.
Due for launch this month, Oak Wharf is another development in Hackney in the Stamford Hill area, offering views over the River Lea, and with several green open spaces and reservoirs nearby. A three-bedroom wheelchair adaptable maisonette will be available there through shared ownership. Stamford Hill station is less than a mile away from the development, with regular services to Liverpool Street station.