South Coast Almshouse Trust signs up to HousingCare service

To coincide with the launch of its new website (, Thorngate Almshouse Trust has become for first almshouse charity to subscribe to EAC’s HousingCare Premium Service.

Thorngate owns and manages three sheltered housing schemes and one care home in Gosport, Hampshire. Founded in 1868 by two Gosport families; the Thorngates and the Churchers, the Trust was registered as a charity in its present form in 1981. Between 1974 and 1984 it carried out a major redevelopment of its properties, which now provide modern one bedroomed accommodation – and in its care home, self-contained studio flats. The clustering of its portfolio in a small area enables it provide 24 hour warden cover to its sheltered residents.

Thorngate’s sheltered housing is available to anyone aged over 55 in need of sheltered accommodation, with limited financial resources, and with a connection to the Gosport area. Rents are social rents, and so are covered by housing benefit for those who are eligible. Its care home accepts both privately funded and local authority funded residents. Top up fees are not charged to local authority permanently funded residents, so no individual is excluded on the grounds of ability to pay.

HousingCare’s Premium Service provides Thorngate with a strong profile on this site, an effective service to advertise occasional vacancies, and direct links to pages on its own site.