Sheltered housing is specially designed accommodation, available for rent, for older people or those with medical needs. It is also sometimes called retirement housing.
Within Erimus Housing our sheltered schemes are managed by our sheltered housing team.
What does a sheltered housing scheme provide?
There are variations between sheltered housing schemes. However they usually have many of the following features:
What do scheme managers do?
This varies according to the nature of the scheme and the needs of the residents. They usually:
Who is eligible for sheltered housing?
Different providers and landlords set different criteria but most state that you should be over 60 or have medical needs. We do not directly provide care but are able to assist residents access care via social services.
How much does it cost?
You pay a weekly rent plus a service charge and a support charge.
The service charge includes the costs of the cleaning, maintenance of common areas and sometimes communal heating and electricity charges.
The support charge covers the services provided by the scheme manager and the out of hours service.
You may be entitled to assistance from housing benefit or income support - we will let you know about this when you apply to live in sheltered housing.
The support charge is set by the local authority’s contracts and commissioning team. You may be entitled to help with this charge - again we will let you know about this when you apply to live in sheltered housing.
What are the benefits of living in Erimus Housing's sheltered housing?
What should I look for in a sheltered housing scheme?
Be clear about what you want and decide which of the following factors are important to you:
How to apply
The local authorities in Darlington, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough operate a choice based lettings system called Compass.
If you are looking for accommodation in any of these areas or want to find out more about how choice based lettings works, please click on the following link www.compasscbl.org.uk
Alternatively please contact customer services on 08000 461600 for a Compass application form.
Help for older people and independent living services in Middlesbrough