Sheltered accommodation

Sheltered housing is accommodation designed for people over 55 although some schemes will also consider people under 55 if you have a disability.

It offers independent living whilst providing security and support from on-site staff when needed. It is not a care home or residential care, if you feel that you require 24 hour support then you will need to contact social services. 

In Redbridge the sheltered housing schemes are managed by Housing Associations however, the we own two extra care schemes managed by social services. Please view a list of sheltered units in Redbridge.

Who can apply?

Anyone who meets the age or needs criteria can be considered for sheltered housing whether they live in:

  • private accommodation
  • are in housing association accommodation
  • are a council tenant

If you do not live in Redbridge we will assess your application but you will be awarded a lower priority than applicants living in the borough.

Join the housing register to apply for sheltered housing

You will need to join the Redbridge housing register to apply for sheltered housing.

To do this, you will need to complete an online application form on the Choice Homes UK website so you will need internet access.

You can get free computer access at Redbridge libraries.

Find your nearest library.

Find out how to book a computer, free WiFi and computer training at a Redbridge library.

Join the housing register on the Choice Homes UK website

Read the notes on how to complete the online application form.

Join the housing register  (Link opens in a new tab)

After you have completed the online application form

Your application will be assessed to determine your suitability and priority for sheltered housing. To assess we may need to visit you in your home.

We will ask you to provide the following documents:

  • proof of identification - passport, medical card, birth certificate
  • proof of income
  • proof of residence for the last 5 years
  • medical circumstances

Find out more about joining the Redbridge housing register, including:

  • what happens if you are eligible to join
  • how to ask for a review if you are not successful in joining

Apply to a Housing Association 

You may also apply directly to the Housing Associations:

How much does sheltered accommodation cost?

The cost of sheltered accommodation varies. To get an indication you will need to contact the sheltered accommodation directly. You may be eligible for housing benefit which can contribute to the cost of the accommodation.