Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is designed to help those over 55 or 60 years of age live independently, with a little extra support.

Accommodation is usually self-contained, but there are often communal areas, such as the lounge, laundry room and garden. Many schemes run social events for residents.

With sheltered housing, there is no care team so support tends to be limited to an on-site or on-call warden or manager, who is available in an emergency.

If you need more support to live independently then you may want to consider extra care housing.

Visit extra care housing page

In Redbridge, the sheltered housing schemes are managed by Housing Associations. To view a list of sheltered housing accommodation in the borough, visit Redbride Council's website.

Visit Redbridge Council's website

How to apply

You can apply for sheltered housing through Redbridge Council by completing an online registration form.

Apply on Redbridge Council's website. If you don’t have access to a computer there is free internet and computer use at most Redbridge libraries.

You can also apply directly to the housing associations. These are all listed below under external websites or you can search the MyLife service directory.

Search the MyLife service directory

Cost of sheltered accommodation

The cost of sheltered accommodation will vary. You can get an idea of the cost by contacting the sheltered housing accommodation directly.

You may also be eligible for housing benefit which can help contribute to the cost of the accommodation.

Support and advice

Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC)is a national charity websitethat helps older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs. You can also call their FirstStop Advice Line for independent, free information and advice on housing and care serviceson 0800 377 7070.

Visit EAC housing website

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Staying in your home, Extra care housing, Supported living accommodation, Care homes, Housing benefits

External websites:Anchor Trust, Family Mosaic Housing, Housing 21, Homesdale,London & Quadrant Group, Sanctuary Shaftesbury