Get help finding a place to stay if you’re homeless and have a disability or serious health condition.
Contact a Shelter adviser
Contact Shelter if you’re suddenly homeless and you have a disability or a serious health condition, for example:
- a chronic or terminal illness
- a mental health condition
- a learning disability
Call Shelter’s free advice helpline on 0808 800 4444
Get homelessness help from the council
The council should help you if you’re homeless or think you might lose your home.
You can be legally homeless if you can’t stay in your current home because of a disability or serious health condition.
Find out how to apply to your council as homeless.
Tell the council about your disability or health condition and how it affects you. This may help to show you that you're in priority need of housing.
You can get help with your application if you have special needs. For example, you can request a sign language interpreter or bring a support worker or advocate.
Your council should offer you emergency housing if it thinks you're homeless and that you may be vulnerable or have a priority need for housing.
What happens next
The council looks into your situation after you make a homelessness application.
If the council decides you qualify for longer-term housing, you will be offered settled housing but may have to spend some time in suitable temporary accommodation.
Help to stay in your home
Your council may be able to help you adapt your home if it’s not suitable for your needs because of a disability or health condition.
This could prevent you from becoming homeless.
You can apply for a disabled facilities grant to pay for adaptations which help you to use and move about your home safely, for example:
- ramps to access the home
- a downstairs bathroom or stairlift
You can also ask your council for a needs assessment. Social services will assess you to see what help and support you need in your home. This can include adaptations.
Still need help?
You can get advice on housing and your rights from the following national charities:
Last updated - 22 Sep 2017
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