Housing options for older people

Advice about homelessness

We offer support and help whether you're homeless or worried about becoming homeless.

Preventing homelessness

If you're homeless or threatened with homelessness, we can help. We'll always try to prevent you from becoming homeless in the first instance.

There are lots of services to help you to stay in your current home, including help with tenancy issues or relationship breakdowns.

If staying in your current home isn't an option, we can help you look for a new home or other alternatives.

We also offer services to help if you're experiencing domestic abuse.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, contact us as soon as possible for an appointment to see a housing adviser or complete the online housing assistant self assessment form and we will contact you. 

There are many housing options for older people in Gloucestershire including:

Sheltered housing

To apply for sheltered social housing, which may be either 1 or 2 bed bungalows or flats in the Forest of Dean or elsewhere in Gloucestershire, you will need to apply on-line on:

If you have difficulties doing this or you do not have family members or friends who can help you to do this, please contact us and we will make arrangements to assist you.

Extra care housing

Extra care housing offers more support to residents than sheltered housing – it offers:

  • Accommodation that is self-contained and grouped around communal facilities
  • Care, as well as support, available to people who need it

To be eligible for extra-care accommodation you will need to be in receipt of a care package. Please contact the Housing team to discuss this in more detail.

Dora Matthews House, Coleford

This housing scheme has 44 one and two bedroomed apartments, all with en-suite (main bedroom only) level access bathrooms, in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

  • Scheme manager and a team of professional carer’s are available on site
  • 24 hour emergency response alarms in all apartments
  • Wheel chair accessible
  • Lift available as the complex is arranged on 3 levels
  • Onsite café providing a range of meals,
  • Communal facilities i.e. lounge, garden room, courtyard, hobby rooms and landscaped gardens.
  • Specialist equipment for the more frail or disabled residents, i.e. assisted bathing.
  • A range of activities are provided on-site including exercise and therapeutic classes, social gatherings and advice.
  • Pet friendly (please see Rooftop Housing pet policy)

For more information:

Hanover Court, Cinderford

This housing scheme has 46 one and two bedroomed apartments in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.

  • Scheme manager (non-residential) and a team of professional carer’s are available on site.
  • Wheelchair accessible with a lift as the complex is arranged on 3 levels and has 24 hour emergency response alarms in all apartments.
  • Facilities include: a lounge, dining room, laundry room, guest facilities, garden, shop, hairdressing salon, and an assisted bathing facility.
  • Regular social activities are on offer including coffee mornings & afternoons, singing, exercises, literature group
  • Some meals available (hot midday meal daily).
  • Pet friendly (please see Hannover Housing pet policy)

For more information:

Contact the housing team

  • Phone the Housing Options Team on 01594 810000
  • Phone the out of hours emergency service 01452 614194
  • Email the Housing team

Housing Options drop in service at the council offices - Changes from 30th April 2018

The Housing options drop in service at the council offices is open at the following times: (Please note that these times may change at short notice depending on cover – please telephone us beforehand on 01594 810000)

  • Monday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

The drop-ins are for 10 minute brief advice sessions. If you require more in-depth advice or a private room, please call the Housing Options Team to book an appointment on:

  •  01594 810000.

The Council offices are open:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm
  • Friday 9am to 4.30pm

Personal alarms - Forest Linkline

We run a 24 hour emergency monitoring and contact service called Forest Linkline. It gives peace of mind to anyone in the community, no matter what age but

especially those who are vulnerable and those with disabilities, to know that in the event of illness, a fall or an emergency at home help is just a telephone call away.

For more information:

Age UK

Local Age UKs in England provide direct services to people in later life throughout the UK, working in partnership with the national organisation.

For more information:

Gloucestershire Safe At Home

Safe At Home, Gloucestershire, (provided by the Mears Group) works in partnership with the County Council and local authorities together with NHS Gloucestershire.

They provide a vital service that helps older or vulnerable people and disabled people to remain living in their homes by ensuring they are in good repair and adapted for their needs.

For more information:

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau aim to provide advice and assistance that people need for a variety of problems they face and they aim to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone about their rights and responsibilities. They value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

For more information: