Help if you’re homeless: pregnant women

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

Make a homeless application

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

Find out how to apply to the council as homeless.

If you're under 18

The council will usually refer you to children's services. They should provide you with support and a place to live. Find out about help you can get if you're aged 16 or 17.

Emergency housing from the council

If you’re pregnant and homeless, you qualify for emergency housing from the council as long as you meet immigration and residence conditions.

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

The council should find you emergency housing while it looks into 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.

Find out more about who qualifies for longer-term housing from the council.

Help with housing costs

You might be able to get housing benefit if you need help to pay your rent.

If you get universal credit you can get help with housing costs as part of your universal credit award.

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

Use our tool to see if your council has a local welfare assistance scheme

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?

Contact a Shelter adviser online or by phone


Last updated - 15 Sep 2017

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