What is sheltered housing?
Sheltered housing is accommodation specially designed for people over 55, or younger if you are registered disabled or receiving Disability Living Allowance. It is not a care home or residential care.
All sheltered housing in the Borough whether belonging to the Council, or to a Housing Association, is self-contained. You would have your own front door, kitchen, bathroom and lounge with combined or separate bedroom.
How would sheltered housing benefit me?
- Help is available if you need it from our mobile or resident wardens
- You still have the independence of your own home
- People of a similar age live in the same block or complex as you
- Some schemes offer communal facilities such as Television lounges and social activities
Who can apply?
Anyone who meets the age or needs criteria can be considered for Sheltered Housing whether they live in private accommodation, are a Housing Association Tenant or a Tenant of the Council.
Applications can be made whether the applicant lives in the Borough or outside. An applicant will need a minimum of 6 months residence in the Borough to meet the 'local connection' requirement.
Anyone living outside the Borough will need to demonstrate a 'local connection' either through previous residence of 3 years within the last 5 years or by having close family resident in the Borough who can prove residence of a minimum of 5 years. Without the benefit of 'local connection', the prospects of being housed are minimal.
All applications will be subject to an assessment of support needs to determine eligibility to register for Sheltered Housing. That assessment will be carried out in the course of a home visit.
Useful information can be found in our brochure
Sheltered accommodation in Barking and Dagenham
I would like to apply for sheltered accommodation, what do I do now?
An Application form can be obtained from our Offices:
Barking Learning Centre
2 Town Square
1 Church Elm Lane
Housing Advice Service
John Smith House
You can also obtain an Application Form by telephoning Barking and Dagenham Direct on 020 8215 3000.
The assessment and allocation of Sheltered Housing is dealt with by:
Service Providers Assessments Team
Adult and Community Services
Adult Social Care
PO Box 48
Tel: 020 8227 5175