Supported Accommodation and Extra Care Housing
Statutory responsibility for housing lies with the local District or Borough
Council. and they manage access to a whole range of
housing solutions for families and individuals of all
Kent County Council (KCC) has an interest in some housing
schemes for people who may be older, have a learning or physical
disability or have mental health problems.
In some cases KCC is directly involved in housing developments
to ensure that those in need have access to housing with additional
care and support services.
A range of services are available in Kent that provide you with
your own home, your own front door and with access to on-site or
dedicated care and support. In most cases you would have to pay the
cost of this support yourself although if you think you require
additional help or support in your daily activities you can find
out if you would be eligible to receive
additional support from us.
We describe the different types of housing available
Supported accommodation is a term usually used to define a small
complex of flats with access to either dedicated or on-site care
and support teams. This may mean that care services are available
for set day time hours, over night or 24 hours a day.
These schemes are usually for people who have a learning
disability or for people with mental health problems. Supported
accommodation is provided to people to enable them to gain the life
skills required so they can eventually move into independent
These services are generally one bedroom self contained
apartments with a communal area, although some services are in
The Better Homes Active Lives project
is a project that has 58 self contained one bedroom flats for
people with learning disabilities in eight blocks across Kent and
one block of seven one bedroom self contained flats for people with
mental health problems. To be considered for these schemes, you
must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Learning disability (LD) schemes
You must be over 16, have a learning disability and care need, be
registered with your district council as having a housing need and
must live in Kent.
- Mental health (MH) scheme
You will be registered with your district council as having a
housing need and have an intensive support need.
The housing in this project is managed by Housing 21. A panel meets to review the
applicants for the schemes to ensure that the service can meet the
needs of the individual and that the eligibility criteria is met.
Voting for nominations is 50% from Kent County Council and 50% from
the relevant District Council.
The Horizons project provides accommodation to people with mental
health problems. A range of support is provided across Kent by both
Supporting People and Mental Health Services.
These services are usually one bedroom self contained apartments
with a communal area, although some services are in shared houses.
Find out more about housing related
The Campus re-provision project provides accommodation to people
with learning disabilities.
Supported accommodation schemes in Kent that are not partnered
with Kent County Council may have different eligibility criteria
Extra Care Housing
If you are less able to manage on your own, then Extra Care
Housing services can allow you to live independently in a home of
Most schemes are for older people (over 55) whereas other
schemes are designed specifically for disabled people and may have
specialised facilities and specially trained staff to provide
support. They can be one or two bedroom self contained flats.
Services (such as care) and communal facilities (such as lounge,
restaurant, gym, bar and hairdresser) are available on-site. These
services and facilities can help you stay independent for
In the following video, residents at Tovil Green Court in
Maidstone, Kent describe their experiences of the facilities and
accommodation at this new Extra Care Housing scheme.
View a written transcript of the 'Extra Care
Seven schemes are available in Kent as part of the Better Homes
Active Lives project. To be eligible for these extra care schemes,
you must be:
- 55 years old or over
- Identified as having a social care need
- Registered with your district council as having a housing
The Housing is managed by Housing 21. A panel
meets to review the applicants for the schemes to ensure that the
service can meet the needs of the individual and that the
eligibility criteria is met. Voting for nominations is 50% from
Kent County Council and 50% from the relevant District Council.
Extra Care Housing schemes in Kent that are not partnered with
Kent County Council may have different eligibility criteria and
Other housing options
Kent Homechoice is the ‘choice based lettings’ service for all
council and housing association homes in Kent. With 38 partners we
are the largest scheme in the UK.
You have more choice about where you want to live. You can bid for
homes that are suitable for you. You can see feedback on your bids,
and information on waiting times.
You can also find out about housing options and useful
If you are a public sector tenant you can advertise your home
for a mutual exchange and search for properties to exchange with.
For more information visit Kent Homechoice's
For other information on Housing, please contact your local District or Borough Council.