What it is
Sheltered Housing is housing that gives you support and security without taking away your independence. Sheltered Housing is available from the Council and some Housing Associations, and is generally one bedroom properties.
Each property comes with a built in alarm system and some are adapted for people with disabilities.
There is a weekly service charge for Sheltered Housing, currently £8.40 per week. This covers the cost of the alarm system and responses.
Right to buy
You will not be able to buy your Sheltered Housing as it is exempt from the right to buy.
When you move into Sheltered Housing, a support worker will assess your need for support. The level and type of support will be agreed with you. It may be that you do not need any support.
The support worker can help you settle into your new home and into the local community. The types of support provided include help
- to manage your tenancy
- with reading and dealing with your bills
- with paying bills
- with appointments and social activities.
Support can also be given to you for short periods following an illness, bereavement or coming out of hospital.