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Supported housing

Updated September 2018

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is aimed at older people and offers smaller easier-to-manage accommodation with additional advice and support available either on-site through a warden or through a community-based outreach service.

Very sheltered (extra care) housing

Very sheltered housing schemes offer 24-hour care and support on site to meet a person's assessed needs. This type of housing allows people with a range of difficulties, disabilities or problems to be supported in self-contained accommodation.

For details of very sheltered housing schemes provided by social housing organisations and local councils in Suffolk:

Supported housing for homeless people

If you're homeless, or at risk of losing your home very soon, Suffolk County Council may be able to provide you with housing related support in supported accommodation.

Accommodation will be based in Suffolk, either in a hostel, shared house or other type of supported housing. You can find out more and apply for housing related support online through HRS Access.

Mental Health Supported Housing

The aim of Mental Health supported housing is to help you regain independence while keeping you safe. You can use the housing service if you are an existing Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust service user. The scheme is focused on helping you to recover your mental health and supporting you to:

  • develop and maintain independent living skills

  • make suitable choices for yourself

  • make and manage changes

  • manage your physical and mental wellbeing

  • manage substance misuse

The providers deliver this service through a cluster approach, which means that they work flexibly across all services to deliver support where it is needed. 
There are four main providers of supported accommodation in Suffolk for people who access secondary mental health services.

The providers work in clusters across Suffolk:

  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk - Richmond Fellowship

  • Suffolk Coastal - Suffolk Mind

  • Ipswich and West Suffolk - Julian Housing

  • Ipswich and Waveney Stonham (Home Group)

Across the cluster the provider will provide support that offers a real alternative to residential care and that supports you to develop the skills that you need to live independently.

For more information please contact Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.   

External links on finding accommodation

Sources of information and advice to help you find the right kind of accommodation to suit your needs

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