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Housing options for over 16s

Talk these options through with your social worker to see what's best for you.

Stay in foster care

You can stay with your carers until you're 18.

Staying put - if you're still in education or have particular needs, you might be able to stay after you turn 18, but you'll need to pay some rent from your income or housing benefit.

Stay in your residential home (16-18 year olds)

You can stay in your children's home until you're 18, if everyone agrees it's the best option for you.

Supported lodgings

Supported lodgings is available from the age of 16 up to 21, if everyone agrees it's the best option for you.

It's like foster care, but with more independence. You’d be living in a family home, but there'd be a focus on making you more independent, e.g. cooking your own meals and managing your own money.

If you're 18 or over, you'll need to pay some rent from your income or housing benefit.

Supported accommodation

Also known as a "foyer". You'd be living on your own or sharing with other young people.

If you're 16–17, we'll pay your rent. After 18, you’ll be responsible for paying the rent.

Supported accommodation schemes:

Semi independence

You can stay in this single or shared accommodation until you're 18.

It's only available through us and we pay the costs.

The accommodation comes with extra support hours each week, to help develop your independent living skills.

 

Long term housing options

These are only available if you're over 18.

Social housing (council or housing association)

When you're 16, your social worker will add your name to the social housing register in the district or borough where you lived before you came into care. If you'd prefer to register where you lived while you were in care, you need to prove you have local connections to the area.

Housing authorities (district and borough councils) operate a ‘choice based lettings’ system. This means you have to bid for available housing that meets your needs - your worker will help you. From 18, you'll have access to priority housing.

Private accommodation

Private accommodation is property you rent from a private landlord. You can find it through letting agents, newspaper adverts or word of mouth.

You'll normally have a 6 month tenancy which may be renewed, as long as you keep to your tenancy agreement.

You'll pay the ongoing rent, which is usually more expensive than social housing. We may be able to help with the deposit - this would be paid back to us at the end of the tenancy.

 

Moving on from your first place

If you want to move to different accommodation, your personal advisor might be able help.

If you're in social housing, you could swap homes.

 

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