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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 in supported on-site staff or by staff that visit the scheme each day. The type of support depends on the individuals needs but can include help to:

• claim benefits
• access services such as health and community care services
• take up daytime 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 provide more information about supported housing.