Steps to Getting a Sheltered Accommodation Placement

Housing Associations, like Accent Housing, have incredible housing properties available for all kinds of people. Especially for individuals who aren’t in a position to (or don’t want to) rent privately from a landlord.

Not-for-profit organisations provide residents nationwide with opportunities for renting a property. And an affordable one, too. In fact, Accent Housing has been doing exactly that since 1966 – providing homes to people and helping them reach their homeowning ambitions.

We have multiple property types available which means we often get asked plenty of questions about each one. Some of the most common questions we get for each property type are about eligibility or how to get on the property waiting list.

This Accent Housing blog aims to answer questions you have about our sheltered accommodation.

Who is Eligible for Sheltered Accommodation?

At Accent, we accept applicants at 55+ as well as 45+ depending on the residents’ scheme and circumstance. This is quite the difference from other schemes which usually only accept applicants over the age of 60.

Some schemes also work to give disabled applicants eligibility but they must have the ability to live (mostly) independently. Otherwise they’re not applicable. That’s because sheltered accommodations are part of the independent living schemes so anyone who needs more care is more suitable for an assisted living scheme.

Also, people that need permanent assistance cannot be eligible for sheltered accommodation. Rather, it is tailored to those who have the ability to live independently in a secure environment with emergency assistance available if they need it.

Here are some of the other criteria an individual must cover in order to determine eligibility for sheltered accommodations.

Aside from age and needs, a resident may also be eligible if they:

  • Do not have any housing related debts.
  • Are not guilty of anti-social or illegal behaviour
  • Have a low income
  • Will not be subject to immigration control
  • Are homeless

The majority of our sheltered housing properties are designed for single applicants however, Accent has properties appropriate for double applicants, too. Couple appropriate flats will feature a double bedroom, spacious living area and kitchen, and a bathroom.

How Can I Apply for Sheltered Accommodation with Accent Housing?

When applying with Accent Housing, there’s two main methods and they couldn’t be easier. Just choose the method you prefer.

Contact Our Team

From our Sheltered Housing page, you can find your nearest independent living scheme by clicking the Find Out More button and inputting your contact details into the form. It should look like this:

Then one of our team members will be in contact with you as soon as possible. And if you’re not a computer whizz, don’t worry. You can choose to contact the Accent team instead on 0345 678 0555. Make sure you ask to speak to someone in relation to sheltered housing.

Apply Online

To apply online instead, sign up for a Let’s Move account. Let’s Move is Accent Housing’s online application system where you can find many of our properties. You can search specifically for sheltered accommodations and apply online directly.

Let’s Move even boasts additional features which may be beneficial to you. Setting up alerts, for example, means you can get notified every time something suitable becomes available.

What are the Benefits of Sheltered Accommodation with Accent Housing?

Being an Accent resident comes with its own benefits, especially living in one of our independent living schemes.

Safety & Security Benefits

Sheltered accommodation offers a range of safety benefits to residents. There are emergency pull cords fitted in every apartment and can be used in urgent situations where residents require help. If they fall and injure themselves, for example, then pulling the emergency cord will notify someone. Then help will be sent to your apartment as quickly as possible.

Every entrance typically features an access control system and CCTV is located around the premise, ensuring that the only people that have entry to the building are permitted.

Community Benefits

Although you have your own self-contained apartment, there are shared facilities that residents can take advantage of. That includes laundry rooms, communal lounges, and landscaped gardens.

There are even community events that are organised by scheme managers and will take place in the communal areas. Living in an independent living scheme and attending community events if the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and combat mental health issues brought on by isolation or loneliness.

Excellent Locations & Affordability

The properties we have for the sheltered housing scheme are very ideally located. Not too far from the centre of town, our sheltered accommodations are often located in quiet areas. And nearby there’s usually public transport links, shops, and other amenities.

Paired with an excellent location, sheltered accommodation is also suitable for individuals who are on low incomes. The weekly payments are affordable and the apartments are really a great value for money.

Get in Touch With Us

Accent Housing would love to be able to provide you with your new home. Head over to to view all of our available homes for sale.

We have properties available all over the UK and have helped hundreds of people become homeowners. You can send an email to or contact us via telephone. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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