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April 13, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Almshouse Blog

Who qualifies to live in an Almshouse?

Mainly those of retirement age with limited financial means who live in the vicinity of an almshouse charity. There are also almshouses for retired fishermen, miners, retail workers and a host of other groups. Increasingly almshouses are also helping the young, the disabled and key workers.

General guidance for Almshouses applicants:

The following information is a guide to the almshouse application process for people applying for almshouse charitable, free accommodation or low-cost accommodation.

On receipt of the completed application form, the Almhouses Scheme managers will firstly check that the applicant(s) meets the criteria for accommodation. To be accepted on to the waiting list applicants must either:

Have been born in the area or
Be normally resident in the area (on the electoral roll etc.) or
Have been resident in the area for a period as set by the scheme
In addition, applicants will normally only be considered if they are of retirement age or consider themselves to be disabled as defined within the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970. Elderly and retired applicants to both schemes can only be considered if they are planning to move within two years of the date of application. Applicants not meeting the above criteria may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Having checked that the applicant(s) meets the above criteria, the Almhouses Scheme administrator will write to you informing you that we are placing your name(s) on our waiting list, they will also arrange a home assessment. Usually, they endeavour to write to you within 28 days of receipt of your application form. The Scheme Manager will visit you at your home to assess your needs, this will be an informal visit, and will be an additional opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have regarding the almshouses.

The visit will also enable them to assess your level of priority on our waiting list. In the event of an appropriate property becoming vacant, the applicant assessed as being in greatest need will be offered the property. Should they decline, the next applicant on the waiting list will be offered the property, this will continue until an applicant accepts the property.