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Sheltered Housing

Sheltered and Extra Care Housing Schemes provide support to their residents to help them live independently for longer.
Birmingham City Council runs 130 sheltered housing schemes for older and more vulnerable people across the city. There are also around 25 Extra Care housing schemes run in partnership with the Extra Care Charitable Trust and housing associations.

Extra Care Housing Schemes

Extra Care housing schemes are aimed at people aged 60 years or over with support needs and some care needs. These schemes allow residents to live independently but give them access to care and support services on-site, for example a communal lounge, hairdressing, library services and assisted bathrooms.

Visit the Extra Care Charitable Trust website to find out about extra care schemes in the Birmingham area and how to apply to them.

Sheltered Housing Schemes

There are many different types of sheltered housing schemes across Birmingham, including:

  • High rise schemes – these are high rise blocks that have been designated as sheltered housing schemes. They are generally for people over the age of 50 who may or may not have support needs.
  • Category I schemes – these are generally purpose built schemes with properties built around a communal lounge. However, we do have some schemes that were not purpose built but have now been designated as sheltered housing. These schemes are allocated to people over the age of 55 who may or may not have support needs.
  • Category II schemes – these are all purpose built schemes where the properties are linked by a corridor to a communal lounge. Facilities include: laundry provision, communal activities and, in some cases, hairdressing and library facilities. These schemes are allocated to people over the age of 55 who have support needs.

The types of support that can be offered, include:

  • supporting someone to access the right benefits
  • liaising with other agencies, such as Adults and Communities, to access care
  • supporting to someone to access wellbeing activities such as a falls prevention programme.

Take a look at the attachments below to find out more about sheltered housing in Birmingham.

To apply to live in a council-run sheltered housing scheme you should complete and submit the Housing Application Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider sheltered housing or extra care sheltered housing?

What do I need to pay for my housing?

Can I get help in paying support charges?

How do I get support in emergency situations?

What support can I get if I do not live in sheltered accommodation?

Can I become more involved in helping to monitor your services for older people?