Get help finding somewhere to live if you're homeless and an EU citizen, and have nowhere to stay.
Contact a Shelter adviser
Get advice from Shelter if you are from Europe (the EU or EEA) and are homeless or will be homeless soon.
- check if you qualify for emergency housing from the council
- look for hostels or night shelters for you
- tell you about local services that could provide practical help
Get help from your council
You can apply as homeless to your council if you're homeless or at risk of losing your home within 8 weeks.
The council will check if you meet immigration and residence conditions. The council call this being 'eligible for assistance'.
Many EU nationals qualify for help but the help you get depends on your situation.
If you're in a priority need group, you may qualify for emergency housing and longer-term housing when homeless.
Challenge a council decision
If the council decide they can't help you, they must write to you and explain why. You can ask for a review if you think the decision is wrong.
You may qualify for free legal help if you're on a low income:
If the council can't help you
You'll need to find your own accommodation if the council can't help you with housing.
Find out more about:
Help to pay rent
If you find somewhere to live, you may be able to claim one of the following benefits to help with your rent:
Your residence status in the UK affects if you qualify.
Get immigration and housing advice
You may need specialist immigration advice if you're unsure of your residence status.
The following organisations give specialist advice to Central and East European migrants:
Last updated - 29 Mar 2018
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