Application Forms can be downloaded here or are available from The Housing Officer, Southern Sheltered Housing Joint Board, Commissioners Office, Town Hall, The Promenade, Port St Mary, IM9 5DA. Telephone: 832101.
The Housing Officer can offer advice and assistance in completing the form.
You will need to provide the following documents to support your application:
- Proof of Income – Your last 3 payslips or benefit slips and most recent Income Tax return to confirm weekly or monthly income. If you are self-employed you will need to show your audited accounts for the previous two years or tax returns.
- Proof of Savings & Investments – Copies of your last six months bank statements for all accounts held by the applicant(s).
- Health & Welfare – If you have mobility/health/welfare issues, please enclose the Support for Housing Form completed by your Health/Welfare professional. (Forms can be supplied by the office upon request).
- Notice to Quit/Possession Order – If you have been served with a Notice to Quit or a Possession Order, please provide a copy of the Notice/Order.
Original documents can be brought into the office for copying if required.
Once an application has been approved, the applicant will be placed onto the waiting list. An applicant’s position on the waiting list is determined by the amount of points awarded. An applicant will be pointed based on length of time on the waiting list, residency, local connection to the catchment area, existing public sector tenant, income, financial/property or other assets.
Please see this link for a copy of the Policy Guidance Notes which explains the pointing system.
Priority for Housing Need
Additional points can be awarded to an applicant if they are in urgent housing need. This can be for various reasons, some examples are:
- When an applicant is unable to access a bathroom due to poor mobility and bathroom is up stairs which are unsuitable for a stair lift to be installed.
- When an applicant is trapped in their home due to poor mobility and access to their home is via steps.
- When an applicant’s home is a health risk or structurally unsafe and the applicant cannot afford to do the repairs.
- When the applicant’s current home is detrimental to their mental health.
In instances such as the above, an applicant can submit a ‘Priority for Housing Need’ Form. This form has to be completed on behalf of the applicant by a recognised health/welfare professional such as an Occupational Therapist or Environmental Health Officer. The applicant cannot submit the form themselves but is required to sign the form.
Once completed, the form must be returned to Southern Sheltered Housing Joint Board Housing Officer. The Housing Officer will then forward to the Housing Panel at central government, who then decide if additional waiting list points are to be awarded to the applicant. The form and guidance notes can be downloaded from here. The Housing Officer can provide further guidance on this process.
Southern Sheltered Housing Joint Board does not keep properties empty for emergencies. Applicants need to be aware that they may have to wait until a suitable property becomes available.
When a property does become vacant, it is allocated to the applicant with the most points on the waiting list who requires that type of property. For example, some applicants can only manage a ground floor apartment, where others are happy with a first floor etc.
The Committee conducts annual waiting list reviews. Applicants are required to provide regular updates regarding their financial and health status when requested to do so.
Current Waiting List
The waiting list alters regularly as more applicants are added to the list and when applicants are removed due to being allocated a property.