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Online age-friendly housing ‘Design Hub’

Online age-friendly housing ‘Design Hub’

Status: Ongoing

Housing Learning and Improvement Network United Kingdom
Print this page City population: 4000018% over 60Practice started in 2011


The Housing LIN is a sophisticated network bringing together over 40,000 housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to exemplify innovative age-friendly housing solutions for older people and people with chronic conditions. For example, well-designed, accessible housing  and neighbourhoods that offer an attractive lifestyle choice in later life as well as ‘care ready’ accommodation that can be adapted to meet health and wellbeing needs of people as they age.

Recognised by government and industry as a leading ‘knowledge hub’ on specialized housing, the Housing LIN’s’ go to’ online and regional networked activities:

  • connect people, ideas and resources to inform and improve the range of housing choices that enable older and disabled people to live independently
  • curate and provide intelligence on latest age-friendly funding, research, policy and adaptive practice developments, and
  • raise the profile of specialized housing with developers, commissioners and providers to plan, design and deliver aspirational housing for an ageing population

The Housing LIN’s managing director, Jeremy Porteus, is author of the influential Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) reports on age-friendly housing for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, including a plan for implementation. This has seen the housing sector adopt the HAPPI design principles as exemplary practice in meeting the housing aspirations of an ageing population. He is also joint author of a forthcoming Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) publication on Age-Friendly Housing as part of their Futures series.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Older people with chronic health conditions or disability

Sector(s): Health, Housing, Long-term care, Urban development

Other sector(s): Planners; architects

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Dementia
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Technologies
  • Other

Other Issues: Planning

Contact details

Name: Porteus, Jeremy

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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