Homelessness advice

You can ask a local council for help if you're homeless now, or could lose your home in the next 2 months. Ask to make a homeless application.

Get homeless help from the council

Help with housing from the council

When should the council help?

The council must give you emergency housing straight away if they think you could be homeless, meet immigration conditions and have a priority need.

Homeless help in different situations

Get council help and support if you're homeless and:

Who should the council help and how?

Find out with our checker tool.

Homeless help if you're from abroad

The council's homeless team can help if you meet the immigration conditions.

Check these rules if you have:

Sometimes councils do not help when they should.

What to do if the council do not help because of your immigration status.

If you cannot get help because of your immigration status

Find out about support and housing for:

Help and information in other languages

Get advice and support from refugee and migrant charities.

Legal words explained

The council may use legal terms to talk about your situation. Find out what they mean:

Sometimes councils do not help when they should.

What to do if the council will not help when you're homeless.

Other emergency options and practical advice

If you’re worried about someone you’ve seen sleeping rough, contact StreetLink

Last updated: 27 September 2023

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