What are you looking for?


Affordable Housing for Older People

Are you aged over 55 and retired from work due to age or disability?

Are you looking for a safe, secure and affordable home for life?

If so, Colne's housing for older people could be the answer.

Our self-contained flats at various locations in north Essex enable residents to enjoy living independently for longer living. Each flat has a 24 hour emergency Careline. 

More vulnerable residents can access 'hands on' support and we will signpost to other agenices who may be able to help.

To find out more about what we offer download our Affordable Housing for Older People brochure.

Affordable housing for older people across Essex

Where could I live?

We have sheltered housing in Colchester, Clacton on Sea, Chelmsford, Heybridge, Tiptree, Brightlingsea and Manningtree.

Bunny enjoys the Sheltered retirement Housing in Colchester


Watch this space - we will be updating soon! 


Location map of sheltered housing in Colchester

How to apply

To apply, please complete an Application Form.

We assess applicants support needs before offering sheltered retirement housing.

We also manage sheltered accommodation owned by Witham Housing Association. Please visit their website for more information. 

How long will it take before I am housed?

We regret that we cannot give any guarantees about how long it might take to be housed or whether we will be able to offer you housing at all.

We can only offer between 25% and 50% of available sheltered accommodation to our applicants on our direct waiting list. The remainder are offered to the local authority's housing register. 

If you have not done so already, we would suggest you contact your local authority to discuss all your housing options.



We have three bungalow schemes especially for older people. Unfortunately, we are not accepting any new applications for these at the moment due to overwhelming demand. Any changes to this decision will be announced on our website. 

Joan ‘Queenie’ Allford, 89, lives at Alderman Howe Lodge, Colchester. She said:

“There is much more space and if I needed a wheelchair I could easily get it into the bathroom and walk into the shower. It is much nicer and brighter.”