Independent Living for Older People

Southern Sheltered Housing Joint Board administers public sector housing designed specifically for older people in the Isle of Man catchment areas of Port St Mary, Port Erin, Rushen, Arbory, Castletown and Malew. We are responsible for a total of 178 residences spread over five complexes: Marashen Crescent in Port Erin, Reayrt y Chrink and Cooil Veg in Port St Mary, and Sandfield & Millhope Close in Castletown.

Historically called ‘sheltered’ housing, older persons housing is designed to provide self contained accommodation for people aged 65 and over who are able to live independently. This type of housing does not provide Residential Care or Nursing Home facilities, but offers a number of benefits and services to tenants, including; daily checks on residents by wardens, a 24 hour emergency call system in every room, a friendly community of residents of a similar age, and affordable housing for retired people on low incomes.

We’re really proud of our housing for older people, and we work hard to make sure that all homes are modern, bright, accessible, and welcoming.

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How to Apply

To apply for older persons public sector housing in the Isle of Man, please read the notes outlining the application process, and the notes on eligibility criteria and waiting times before downloading and completing the application form. If you would like to discuss an application with a member of our team, please call us on 01624 832101, or email us at