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Types of accommodation
The accommodation offered is usually either:
self-contained with one bedroom and its own kitchen and bathroom facilities
a bedsit with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Most sheltered housing has:
a scheme manager or visiting support service to ensure the smooth running of the building and support the residents
a 24-hour alarm service so that residents can summon help in an emergency.
Before making any decision you will need to make sure that you are aware of the services offered in each home.
Many schemes can only accommodate people aged 55 years or older.
Who owns the properties
We own some of the sheltered accommodation in Lewisham. Lewisham Homes manages our properties for us.
Other properties in Lewisham are managed by local housing associations or registered social care landlords.
There are also private sheltered housing providers available.
Alternatives to sheltered housing
Some of the services provided by sheltered housing may be available, in a similar way, in your own home. See help in your home for more information.
There are different elements to the overall cost of sheltered housing:
the cost of renting your home and your usual household bills
a housing service charge to maintain the shared communal facilities
a charge for support services and the emergency alarm call system.
Depending on your income and savings you may qualify for housing benefit or income support or a council tax reduction.
What to do next
If you live in social housing
You will need to complete an online housing application form. Once you have done this and successfully bid on a property, we will visit you to ensure that the property is appropriate for your needs.
If you own your home
There are a number of different sheltered housing scheme providers within Lewisham.
If you rent your home privately
Depending on your financial situation you can either:
apply for social housing and bid on a sheltered housing property
find sheltered housing on the EAC website.
If you don’t know whether or not you’re eligible for social housing, see the social housing criteria.