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Priority need in homeless applications

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The criteria used by local authorities for establishing whether a homeless applicant has a priority need for help with housing.

Who has a priority need

The categories of people who have a priority need when making a homeless application. 

Priority need when pregnant

Priority need of someone who is pregnant and homeless 

Homeless families with children

Priority need of homeless households with dependent children. 

16 and 17 year olds

Priority need of homeless applicants who are 16 or 17 years old 

Care leavers aged 18, 19 or 20

Priority need of homeless applicants who are care leavers aged 18, 19 or 20 

Homeless due to an emergency

Priority need of people made homeless by a flood, fire or other disaster. 

Priority need of vulnerable people

Categories of vulnerable people who have a priority need in homeless applications and how vulnerability is defined. 

Homeless due to domestic abuse

A person will have a priority need if they are vulnerable as a result of leaving their home because of violence or threats of violence.  

People with disabilities

A person will have a priority need if they are vulnerable due to a physical or learning disability or mental illness. 

Care leavers aged 21 or over

Vulnerability and priority need of homeless applicants who are care leavers aged 21 or older 

Older or elderly people

A person has a priority need if they are vulnerable because of old age.  

Ex-services and veterans

A person has a priority need if they are vulnerable as a result of being in the armed forces. 

Homeless ex-offenders

A person has a priority need if they are vulnerable as a result of having spent time in custody.  

Priority need decision letters

Requirements for decision letters where the local authority has decided that an applicant is not in priority need. 

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