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:
- a loan to pay a tenancy deposit
- extra money if you're struggling to pay your rent
- food, heating or clothing from a local welfare scheme
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:
0808 200 0247
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 9am – 5pm on weekends, 365 days a year
Last updated - 15 Sep 2017
If you need to talk to someone, we’ll do our best to help