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Supported housing

Supported housing is accommodation with support to enable people who may find it hard coping on their own to live as independently as possible in the community.

There are lots of reasons why people may need supported housing. They may, for example:

• be young
• be older
• be homeless
• be at risk of domestic violence
• have a physical, sensory or learning disability
• have a drug or alcohol dependency

Supported housing is provided in specific schemes where people can stay for a short time or much longer.

Support is given by on-site staff. The type of support depends on the individuals needs but can include help, for example, to:

• claim benefits
• access services such as health and community care services
• take up day time activities, training, education and employment
• develop independent living skills such as budgeting, cooking, and cleaning

The support offered does not usually include personal care, such as bathing and dressing.

For more information

Kent County Council Social Services may be able to help you with supported housing.

Or, your local council may be able to help you with supported housing through Kent Homechoice.