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A Brief Guide to Sheltered Housing

Sheltered housing is especially designed and built with the needs of older persons in mind.

It gives tenants an opportunity to live in an environment where they can retain their independence and look after themselves but, at the same time, have the additional security of help and advice when needed.

Most of our sheltered dwellings are self-contained flats designed for one person to live comfortably on his or her own; some of them are spacious enough to accommodate two people living together, and there are a limited number which have two bedrooms.

All are let unfurnished.

Our complexes have similar facilities including a communal lounge, laundry/drying room and a guest room.

Most also have communal gardens.

Who can apply for Public Sector Sheltered Housing?

As with general public sector housing, a common approach is used for acceptance on to a sheltered housing waiting list.

Criteria for acceptance on to waiting lists for sheltered housing - approved by Tynwald - 15 March 2016

  1. Residential qualification: Applicant or spouse must have been ordinarily resident on the Island for a minimum of 10 years. Applicant(s) must be resident on the Island for at least 3 months immediately prior to allocation.
  2. Eligible Applicants(s): A single applicant, or one party in a joint applicant, must be aged 65 or over with no dependent children at the time of the application. Or a couple with one person aged 65 and over with no dependent children, the younger person must be at least 50 years of age.
  3. Adequacy of current housing: Inadequate accommodation, with written confirmation from Environmental Health, local authority or other relevant body.
  4. Health and welfare qualifications: The applicant must be capable of independent living (with an appropriate and continuing package of support where necessary).
  5. Financial qualifications: Maximum gross income of applicant(s) must not exceed the median income, currently £28,392 plus 10% for couples.

Financial and/or property assets must not exceed the median house price (currently £245,000).  Where there is a profound housing need and the applicant falls outside the financial qualification, special consideration can be given for allocation on a higher rental basis as determined by the Department of Infrastructure.

In order to apply for acceptance on to a sheltered housing waiting list, or for any further advice in relation to sheltered housing, you should contact the relevant sheltered housing authority.  This depends on the location of the sheltered property/complex you have in mind.  A list of Authorities can be found on the Isle of Man Government website.   For any Public Sector Sheltered Housing queries in the North please contact:

The Clerk, Ramsey and Northern Districts Housing Committee, Town, Hall, Ramsey, IM8 1RT

Telephone: +44 1624 810100 or via email.