What is sheltered housing?
Sheltered housing is a group of unfurnished, self-contained homes specifically designed for older people. The aim is to provide independent, secure accommodation with additional on site support and social facilities.
Independence and security
Residents are able to enjoy living independently in their own self-contained flat whilst also being part of a small, secure community. Intercom systems ensure residents' homes are secure and only invited guests can gain access.
Support and care
Scheme Managers are on call between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, (except Bank Holidays), to provide housing-related support and assist with any problems. Each flat is linked to a 24 hour community alarm system which provides around the clock emergency cover. Scheme Managers maintain daily contact with residents (unless residents opt out of this) to check their well being.
Environment and activities
All our sheltered services have well-maintained communal gardens for residents to enjoy. On some estates residents also have the opportunity to do gardening themselves. Scheme Managers can facilitate social events including trips out, parties, bingo and darts. There are also communal lounge areas in most services where residents can meet and chat or hold events.
The City of London owns and manages three sheltered housing services for people aged 60 and over. All three are located outside of the square mile:
Download an application form here (182kb). Completed application forms should be posted to the Housing Needs team. The address is given below.
The City of London also works with Stadium Housing Association to provide sheltered accommodation for older people within the square mile at Tudor Rose Court.
People aged over 55 who are also on a low income can also apply for housing through the City of London Almshouses Trust .
For further information about any of the services listed above, please contact:
Housing Needs Team
Department of Community and Children's Services
3 Lauderdale Place
London EC2Y 8EN
Tel 020 7332 1237/ 3452/ 1654