Reply To: Specialist Supported Housing vs Specified Housing

Peter Barker

SSH is a category used by the social housing regulator in England. It is exempt from the core rent formula and affordable rent limits. It applies to a commissioned scheme for people who would otherwise need to live in a hospital or care home: usually LD, sometimes MH. If the landlord is a non profit RP it is usually safe to assume that SSH is at least specified accommodation in what LAs insist on calling the “managed” category (don’t know why as it isn’t an accurate description). Whether it is exempt accommodation is always a borderline call, the commissioned care service doesn’t leave much for the landlord to do by way of support … but it doesn’t matter unless there are spare bedrooms as the eligible rent is the same either way.

In summary, SSH is specified accommodation for HB purposes, but it is just one kind among many.