About homelessness

What is homelessness?

You can still be homeless even if you have a roof over your head. See what homelessness is and what situations could mean you are considered as homeless

Legal definition of homelessness

A legal definition of homelessness is used by councils to assess what help homeless people are entitled to. Check the legal definition of homelessness

Homeless people's rights

If you are homeless or facing homelessness, you have rights. You may be entitled to help from the council. Find out more about homeless people’s rights

Who can apply as homeless

Only one member of a household needs to apply as homeless. Find out who can apply as homeless, applying from abroad, and when you should apply as homeless

Avoiding homelessness

Take action to avoid becoming homeless. Get help with debt, staying in your home and find out about getting help from the council