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Applying as homeless

This content applies to England

The process of applying as homeless, including making an application to more than one authority, and making a repeat application. Also, the duty of public authorities to refer a person who may be homeless.

The section Homelessness duties gives more information on the duties of local authorities after a homelessness decision is reached.

Making a homelessness application

The process of applying as homeless. Who can make a homelessness application. 

Multiple, repeat and withdrawn applications

Applying to more than one authority, making a repeat application, and withdrawing an application. 

Criminal offences

Information about the criminal offences of making false statements or failure to notify an authority of a material change in circumstances. 

Duty of public authority to refer

Duty of public authorities to refer a homeless person to a local housing authority. 

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