Sheltered housing

1. Sheltered housing is one form of supported housing

Working Age HB Claimants
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Sheltered Housing
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UC?1DWP’s LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 4/2019 para 8-10
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2. There is no statutory definition of sheltered housing. The UK Government has adopted the following definition of “sheltered housing” for policy purposes:2DWP A5/2019 Sheltered and extra care supported accommodation – New LA IT functionality requirement, 21 May 2019

Sheltered housing is housing designated for occupation mainly by over-55s with low-level care and support needs. The majority of residents are above the state pension age, but some are of working age.

3. Residents’ needs are at least in part met by extra housing facilities and services. This support could be either physical (getting in and out of the property) and/or emotional/ mental (emergency help or assurance).

4. Features of a sheltered unit might include:

  1. 24-hour emergency help (alarm system);
  2. warden present some of the time;
  3. some communal facilities, in other words, lounge, restaurant, laundry, garden;
  4. rooms available for outreach services; and
  5. often accessible buildings designed for communal purposes.

5. Extra care housing is related to sheltered housing. 

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