Supported accommodation might be in a shared house or in a single flat. There may be key worker staff available onsite 24 hours a day or available during office hours.
You may be given a tenancy agreement. This gives you rights as a tenant, but it will also have rules you must follow. You'll be expected to follow the rules in place. If not, you may risk losing your home.
Medway Council fund this option up to the age of 18. There is an expectation that by 18 a young person moves on to their own independent accommodation. Funding will only be agreed after the age of 18 in exceptional circumstances and for a limited period while other arrangements are made.
Supported accommodation may also be funded by adult services if the criteria are met, or by your Housing Benefit.
It is therefore important that you work with your personal adviser (PA) and social worker to have a move on plan in place ready for when you turn 18.
The aim of supported accommodation is to make sure you get the support you need to manage a tenancy and move into independent living.
The staff will be there to help and guide you. They may be there for part of the day or sometimes 24 hours a day.
You should work with your key worker as they will help you get the services you need. They will also help you settle in and connect with your local community.