Housing for older people
Apply for sheltered housing
Sheltered housing is special accommodation for people who are over the age of 60. It is suitable for those who are capable of living on their own, but feel more secure with the support of a scheme manager.
How to apply
To apply for sheltered housing you will need to join the Council’s Housing Register
You should be at least 60 years of age.
It is preferable if you have lived in Epping Forest District for more than seven years, but you could still be considered for a tenancy if you live outside the district.
One bedroom flats are the most common type of sheltered housing.
There are sheltered and grouped schemes in
- Buckhurst Hill
- North Weald
- Waltham Abbey
In sheltered and grouped dwelling schemes it is common to share communal facilities, such as a laundry room, a guest room for visiting friends and relatives, a communal lounge and kitchen.
Please read the following guides which explain what to expect from sheltered housing and the services on offer for older people living in council properties.
What does it cost?
Rents are similar to normal council rents but a support charge is included which is mainly for the scheme manager and alarm service.
When you are allocated a sheltered housing property you will receive a welcome pack giving you all the information you need.