Almshouses are allocated on the basis of need and individual circumstance. Although we don’t formally have a waiting list (operating on a ‘first come, first served’ basis), we instead regularly review our list of eligible properties and applicants to tailor our offers of accommodation. This is to ensure your needs are met, and that those with the highest need or priority for housing receive an offer first wherever possible.
We generally give priority to applications from local people and the surrounding areas in the Winchester District, who are over the age of 60 and are in social and financial need.
Applications will normally only be accepted from people outside Hampshire where a particular need can be established, or there is a proven family connection to the area. Read our full admissions guidelines here.
Residents pay a weekly maintenance contribution towards their accommodation and a heating contribution. These are reviewed annually. The current charges from May 2021 are:
Maintenance Contribution: £135.00 per week
Service Charge: £21.00 per week
How to Apply
Because the charity provides subsidised accommodation for those of limited means, applicants are required to complete a financial assessment to evaluate their finances.
To apply, you need to complete an Almshouse application form. We ask that all applicants also complete the ‘Getting to Know You’ form, which will help us to learn more about you. The answers you give are confidential, but it is important for us to truly get to know more about you as an individual.
You can download the application forms by visiting our Documents and Forms page here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01962 854226 to arrange to collect one from the office. If you would rather, get in touch with us and we can post a copy out to you.
We will request references and the completion of a GP medical questionnaire. Applicants who meet the charity’s housing criteria will be invited to meet the Trustees’ Almshouse Panel for a chat about their application and the contributions you feel you can make to our community. Following that meeting, the charity will offer the successful applicant an almshouse, if one is available, which we feel best suits the applicant’s needs. If none are available or if the applicant turns down the offer of a residence, the applicant’s name will be added to our small list of eligible applicants pending a vacancy becoming available.
Please get in touch if you have any queries. We are more than happy to help!