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Amenity and sheltered housing

What is amenity housing?

Amenity housing is self-contained accommodation designed to meet the needs of older people. It will have some or all of the following features:

  • no stairs inside (for example, a bungalow)
  • raised electric sockets and lowered switches
  • handrails in the bathroom
  • lever-handled taps
  • slip-resistant flooring in the kitchen and bathroom

What is sheltered housing?

Sheltered housing is also self-contained accommodation designed for older people. It has all the features of amenity housing but in addition:

  • properties are grouped together
  • homes have a built-in community alarm service
  • there is a tenants' lounge for socialising
  • there is a shared laundry

There is sheltered housing available throughout North Ayrshire. You can find out which letting areas sheltered housing units are in by reading the Housing Application Guide (PDF, 6.2mb).

How do I apply for an amenity or sheltered house?

You need to apply to the North Ayrshire Housing Register (NAHR) by filling in an application for housing. Select 'sheltered' or 'amenity' housing when you get to the relevant question on the form. If you have health issues that impact on the type of housing you need you also need to complete an accessible housing application (PDF, 497kb).   

Once the area housing office has processed your housing application, a member of staff will visit you at home within 6 weeks to complete our assessment. 

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