Find out about emergency and longer-term housing options if you're a young parent.
Homelessness help from the council
You can ask for help from the council's housing department if you're homeless now or facing homelessness within 8 weeks.
This includes if you have received a section 21 notice from your landlord that runs out in 8 weeks or less.
This plan sets out the steps you and the council must take to help you find and keep somewhere suitable to live.
The council must also provide emergency accommodation if you're homeless and have children or are pregnant.
Help from social services
The housing department might refer you to social services for help if in any of these situations:
- you’re homeless and under 18
- you don’t qualify for help from the housing department because of immigration and residence conditions
- they decide they don't have to help with longer-term housing because you're intentionally homeless (for example, because you left accommodation you could have stayed in)
Apply for a council or housing association home
You may be able to apply for a council or housing association home from the housing register.
Each council has its own rules about who can go on the register.
Find a private rented home
Think carefully about what sort of place you need and what you can realistically afford.
There are many ways to find a private rented home, but you can ask the council for help if you are having difficulty finding somewhere.
Help with paying the rent
You usually have to claim housing benefit if you're in emergency or temporary housing and pay rent to the council or a housing association.
Otherwise, you can usually claim universal credit which includes help with housing costs if you're on a low income.
Your benefit may not cover your full rent. The amount you get could be limited by the
- local housing allowance rates for the area if you are a private tenant
- bedroom tax if you are a council or housing association tenant
You must make up any shortfall from other income or benefits.
Still need help?
Get advice if both the housing and social services departments refuse to help.
Last updated 30 Jan 2019 | © Shelter
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