Help if you’re homeless: pregnant women

If you’re having a baby and are homeless, get help finding a place to stay.  

Find emergency housing

If you’re pregnant and don’t have anywhere to live you can get help:

Call Shelter’s free advice helpline on 0808 800 4444

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Apply to the council for housing

You can apply to the council for help with housing if you’re homeless when pregnant.

The help you can get depends on your circumstances – you may get housing or just advice.

Find out more about how to apply to the council as homeless.

If you're under 18

If you're under 18, the council will usually refer you to children's services. Find out more about help you can get if you're aged 16 or 17.

Who qualifies for housing from the council

If you’re pregnant and homeless you usually qualify for housing from the council if you meet other conditions and have a right to live in the UK.

If you qualify for help, you should get it from the beginning of your pregnancy.

You usually need proof of your pregnancy from a doctor or other health professional.

Find out more about who qualifies for help from the council.

Housing you could be offered

The council should find you emergency housing while it reviews your application. This could be in a hostel or a bed and breakfast (B&B).

You should only be put in a B&B if there’s no other emergency accommodation available. You shouldn’t have to stay in a private B&B for longer than 6 weeks - get advice if this happens.

Help with housing costs

If you need help to pay your rent, you might be able to get housing benefit. You may qualify for a higher rate after your baby is born.

You may also be able to get help from your council or a charity with:

Find out more about private renting.

Leaving your home because of domestic abuse

If you have to leave your home because of domestic abuse call the free:

Find out more about what to do if you could lose your home due to domestic abuse.

Still need help?

You can get help from:

Call Shelter’s free advice helpline on 0808 800 4444

8am – 8pm on weekdays and 8am – 5pm on weekends, 365 days a year

Still need help?

If you need to talk to someone, we’ll do our best to help

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Last updated - 01 Jan 2016

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