Amenity housing plan26/10/11
A PILOT scheme offering properties in decommissioned sheltered housing to older people with a medical condition or special need could be extended.
The introduction of amenity housing will be considered by Dundee City Council's housing committee next week after a successful initiative targeting hard to let sheltered properties at applicants who met a number of criteria.
Jimmy Black housing committee convener said: "We were having difficulty letting some sheltered properties in certain parts of the city with vacancies taking several offers and considerable time to let. In some cases no prospective tenants could be attracted at all.
"The pilot scheme has addressed this with 41 houses let in 12 months, all but two of which still have the tenant in them.
"Following on from that success we would like to introduce amenity housing as a category and housing type in the council's lettings policy to provide a warm, comfortable and secure environment for people that would benefit from this type of accommodation."
The accommodation is designed to recognise the particular needs of older people or their disability and in each individual property there is normally a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms or shower room with heating throughout.
It will not provide sheltered warden services but will have one or more special features including raised sockets and switches, bathroom handrails, non-slip flooring and will be no higher than ground or first floor.
As well as that other services can be provided if required including Community Alarm, Communal Cleaning and housing support.
The housing committee meets on Monday (October 31).
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