We have family homes to rent or buy through shared or full ownership schemes. These are in communities in and around York. We also offer sheltered and retirement living housing schemes with extra care services across the North East of England.
We own and manage around 2,500 homes, of which around 1,200 are homes to rent and around 500 are low cost home ownership. We also provide around 900 homes for older people, along with independent living accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
New approaches to housing
We test out new ideas and approaches to housing. We demonstrate new forms of tenure, meet special needs and explore new features of design that enhance the lives of residents. All of our homes are specifically designed to enhance the quality of life of residents. They also encourage community cohesion. They are fit-for-purpose for people with different needs, enabling residents to live independently but with the reassurance and security of a support network.
Features to meet your needs
Since 1994 we have built all new properties with Lifetime Homes features. These are designed to meet residents’ needs at all stages of their life. From those with young children with pushchairs and other equipment, to a teenager with a broken leg. Or from a family member with a serious illness, to a frail older person or those with disabilities.
Lifetime Homes have 16 design features. These ensure a new house or flat will meet the needs of most households. There is an emphasis on accessibility and flexibility, rather than surrounding every family with things that they do not need. Features include wide entrances, accessible windows, locks and convenient car parking. They are also designed to ensure that adaptations can easily be made to suit an individual’s needs. We have several properties that have been adapted to help residents with disabilities.
Types of properties include:
- Studio apartments,
- One/two/three bedroom flats,
- Two/three/four/five bedroom houses,
- One/two/three bedroom bungalows.
They are suitable for single people, couples, families with children and older people who do not require care services. Their design is inspired by the arts and craft style housing which our founder Joseph Rowntree built for his workers from 1902 onwards.
We have many years of experience of providing housing with care and support for older people in retirement. Our retirement living housing is designed to provide innovative solutions that promote independence in older age. We provide choices to suit a range of different requirements.
The housing includes 'Lifetime Homes' design features that are suitable for changing needs. This enables residents to live in the comfort and privacy of their own home while receiving care and support to a level that might previously have only been available in a residential or nursing home. Residents also have access to communal facilities such as restaurants, lounges, health suites, activity rooms and libraries. This brings opportunities for social interaction.
Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust sheltered housing is designed to meet the needs of retired people over the age of 60 years (or 55 years in the case of Keld Close, Scarborough) and, in exceptional circumstances disabled people of any age, who wish to live independently but also have the benefit of communal facilities, a scheme manager and alarm call system.
Our self-contained flats and bungalows provide convenient and comfortable accommodation with your own front door and added security, in an environment where you can come and go as you please. They are available to rent or part-buy through our shared ownership scheme. Some properties are supported by a government grant of 30% of the cost, known as leasehold schemes for the elderly, which enables you to own a 70% interest in the value of the property on a 60 or 99 year lease.
The rent for our sheltered housing includes a service charge, which covers the costs of the scheme manager, community alarm, gardening, cleaning, communal lighting, communal repairs and a replacement and renewals fund.
Modernisation and improvement
Our maintenance and modernisation team work with contractors on a continuous programme of modernisation and improvement for our properties. In 2016, they completed modernisation work to the value of £1.4 million. This included 68 kitchens, 53 bathrooms and 105 replacement combination boilers.
Their £2.25 million programme of modernisation for 2017 aims to provide significant savings and value for money through a new partnership with Efficiency North. This will include a large programme of fitting new windows and energy-efficient combi boilers. It will also include other energy-efficiency improvements designed to reduce residents' energy bills and fuel consumption. You might see the team out surveying housing to ensure all our property information is up to date.
To contact the team, call customer services on 0800 587 0211 or 01904 735000.