Intergenerational living enables both young and old to live alongside each other as good neighbours. It promotes engagement, interaction and a shared understanding.
In turn this helps to reduce reliance on care services access to which can often be an even bigger issue for those living in rural districts.
Harmony delivers purpose-built homes/flats for local people at social rents to enable them to remain in their community. The homes shall be for both young and old with the aim of providing support for their elderly neighbours, reducing loneliness, isolation and promoting integration. Where possible at least one home shall be allocated to a local younger person(s) who has experience of working in care or is undergoing training in the care field.
In return for a rent reduction the tenant will undertake an agreed number of hours a month being a ‘good neighbour’ to the other tenants.
Many of those working in care are on minimum wage and find it very difficult to afford rents in their rural parishes. In return for a tenancy charged at social rent levels those younger tenants will undertake an agreed number of hours a month being a ‘good neighbour’ to the other residents / tenants.
The opportunity to remain in their community whilst paying a social rent may enable those tenants to save towards a deposit for a future home.
The provision of much needed appropriate, social rent homes for older people to down-size into is often highlighted as a need within Neighbourhood and Parish plans and within housing need surveys. A 2020 House of Commons report found that only 2-3% of new homes are Social Rent.