Claiming benefits if you're homeless
You can usually claim universal credit if you're on the streets, sofa surfing or staying in a hostel.
If you're staying in a hostel, you can also get housing benefit to help with rent.
You do not need a fixed address or a bank account to claim benefits.
If you do not have a fixed address
When you apply for benefits you could use the address of a:
hostel you're staying in
friend or family member
You may get less benefit if you are on the streets.
If you do not have a bank account
Some people can use the Payment Exception Service to collect benefits from:
any PayPoint outlet
any Post Office
Your local jobcentre can help you.
Find out more about the Payment Exception Service on GOV.UK.
You can only get benefits if you meet the immigration rules.
Find out who can get universal credit.
Last updated: 6 January 2023