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Housing options explained

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There are different options available across the city that can offer people accommodation and care if they need it. If you do need to move because of a change in your personal circumstances, there are housing choices that you can make.

The No Place Like Home Guide (PDF) [870KB]  is a housing and support booklet to help people with learning disabilities find the housing choice right for them.

Social Housing

Devon Home Choice allocates council and housing association homes in Devon. Council and housing association homes available to rent in Devon are advertised through Devon Home Choice. People interested in being considered for sheltered housing need to complete a Devon Home Choice application form.

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing offers the benefits of a secure tenancy and a housing support officer or care workers to respond in an emergency or to provide advice and support if needed. You have your own front door, with the peace of mind of being in a safe and supportive community with a similar level of need and interest.

Extra care housing

Extra care housing is sometimes called 'very sheltered housing' and offers care and support 24 hours a day. We do have modernised sheltered housing schemes with extra services on site and are designed to support the needs of people with physical disabilities or a learning disability and older people who need that little bit extra care and support.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives is sometimes known as Adult Placement, Shared Lives offers home-from-home accommodation, care, and support provided in the family homes of specially trained Shared Lives carers.  Services are suitable for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or who have needs related to older age. Shared Lives arrangements can be long- or short-term and are mainly for adults but can also be suitable for young people approaching adulthood.

Care homes

Care homes and nursing homes offer 24-hour support with personal care, nursing care, and some specialist care for people with dementia, people with physical or learning disabilities, and people with mental health support needs.


If you're looking for somewhere to live or worried about losing your accommodation, it's important to talk to the council as soon as possible, as we can provide help, advice, and support to prevent you from becoming homeless.

The council can:

  • help you find a home (social or private)
  • help you with private rented accommodation by working with you and your landlord to resolve any tenancy issues (benefit problems, legal notices or poor housing conditions)
  • check to see if you're eligible for a deposit guarantee (a written agreement in place of a cash deposit) to help you into private rented accommodation
  • check to see if you're eligible for any housing benefits to help pay part or all of your rent
  • help you deal with legal issues if your landlord has applied for a possession order
  • talk to your friends and relatives if they've asked you to leave your accommodation
  • make referrals to supported accommodation
  • give you advice about local support and services if you're sleeping rough

Find out more about homelessness and rough sleeping.



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Plymouth's Local Offer is organised into four main categories covering the following age ranges:

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