Homeless: get help from your council

  1. Overview
  2. Who qualifies
  3. How to apply
  4. Challenge the council’s decision
  5. Help if the council won’t house you

 

Overview

You can apply to the council for help finding somewhere to live if you're homeless now or if you're going to be homeless within the next 28 days.

The council must help you if you're legally homeless. How much help you can get depends on your circumstances – you may get housing or just advice.

If the council thinks you qualify for short-term emergency housing, it should find you a place to stay. The council then assesses your application to decide if you qualify for longer-term help.

If you qualify for longer-term housing, you usually have to stay in temporary housing until settled housing becomes available.

If you don't qualify for help, the council should advise you on how to find somewhere else to stay.

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Last updated - 07 Sep 2017

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