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Housing Advice for Older People
This advice is for older people who may be experiencing housing problems.
- Help available for older people
- Our accommodation offer
- Our support offer
- Other providers of accommodation for older people
- Help finding housing in the private rented sector
- Apply for a council or housing association home
- Support to remain in your own home
- Further information
- Contact us
There are various options available for older people dependent on whether they wish to remain in their current home, need to move to something more suitable or are threatened with, or are homeless.
The Housing Needs Team at Homes for Haringey will try to identify housing problems at the earliest opportunity to hopefully prevent you from becoming homeless. This will be achieved through partnership and multi-agency working to prevent you from becoming homeless, through the necessary support intervention you may require.
If you are threatened with homelessness, or are homeless, we have a duty to assess the circumstances of your homelessness, identify what your housing and support needs are, and to work with you to try to prevent your homelessness or support you to find you somewhere to live. We will provide you with a ‘personal housing plan’ which will tell you what we can do to help you and what you can do to help yourself. This might include actions such as attending viewings or private sector or supported housing or engaging with organisations’ that can assist older people.
For Homes for Haringey to be legally obliged to provide you with accommodation, we would need to be satisfied that you are eligible, homeless, in priority need and that you have not made yourself intentionally homeless. Further information on what this means can be found in our advice document ‘Homelessness and how we can help’.
Whilst old age itself does not confer a priority need for accommodation we look at all your personal circumstances and will take into account information we gather from various sources including any medical professionals involved in your care. Even if we do not have a statutory duty to provide accommodation, we will still actively work with you to try to resolve your housing need.
We can provide housing for older people with housing and support needs in self-contained sheltered and good neighbour accommodation. Properties are mainly one-bedroom flats, with some bungalows, two-bedroom flats and studio flats. All homes have an emergency alarm and most have secured phone-entry systems. Support and assistance is provided by our Support and Wellbeing Service (see below). The service is commissioned by Haringey Council, Strategic Commissioning Team.
Although most of the people moving into supported housing will be aged 50 or over, younger people may also benefit from supported housing if, for example, they have mental health support needs or a physical or learning disability and have been assessed as requiring both housing and support.
All applicants will complete an assessment of their housing and support needs before being accepted. Applicants must have a housing AND support need to be offered supported housing.
Homes for Haringey’s Support and Wellbeing Service provides support to older people living in council-owned sheltered and good neighbour properties. Our model of support is called ‘Hub and Cluster’.
Eight of our supported housing schemes for older people have been designated as Support and Wellbeing Hubs, offering an enhanced range of services, activities and on-site staff to support older people. Each Hub is attached to a number of Cluster schemes, where staff offer visiting support and tenants usually need less support. Everyone living in a Cluster service, and all older people living locally, are invited to use the facilities, activities and services at their nearest Hub.
The Support and Wellbeing Service can offer the following support;
- Support to access health and social care services
- Support to participate in local activities
- Help applying for benefits and completing forms
- Help to arrange cleaning, shopping or handyman services
- Support to manage money and address debt
- Support to make sure your home is safe
Our service does not provide personal or domiciliary care. However, we can help tenants to arrange this, and we can liaise with social workers or care providers to make sure you are safe and independent for as long as possible.
Residents have access to welfare monitoring and response 24 hours per day via a Community Alarm. This service offers daily welfare checks and on-site response to emergencies. This service has a small weekly charge.
As well as Homes for Haringey, a number of housing providers offer sheltered housing in Haringey. To access this accommodation, applicants will usually need to be assessed by our Housing Needs Team.
Further information about supported housing and floating support for older people is available from:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for information about older people’s supported housing in Haringey
- The Almshouse Association (external link) provides information on almshouses
- The Elderly Accommodation Counsel (external link) has information on housing options and a directory of advice services to help you if you have any problems or need further information.
It is sometimes possible to buy a flat in a housing complex especially for older people. If you already own your home, it may be easier for you to buy than to rent, as home owners are usually not given priority on waiting lists to rent from the council or a housing association.
Visit our social care pages to find out about changes and adaptations you can make to your home as well as equipment available to help you maintain your independence and remain living in your own home.
Further information is available from Age UK (external link)
You can also search for schemes in your local area through HousingCare (external link) provided by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel.
There are a number of social mobility schemes that are available to older people, including the national Seaside and Country Homes scheme (external link).
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