Help if you’re homeless: Gypsies and Travellers
Get help from the council if you are a Gypsy or Traveller and you're facing homelessness.
If you're facing homelessness
You could be homeless for a number of reasons including if you:
face eviction from your site, encampment or tenancy
have nowhere to legally park your mobile home
need to leave your home due to violence
Help from the council
You can apply to any council for help if you're homeless or at risk of losing your home or pitch within 8 weeks.
The council must carry out an assessment of your housing needs.
They will then draw up a personal housing plan that sets out the steps you and the council must take to help your keep your home or pitch. If this isn't possible, it will outline ways you and the council can try to find you somewhere new.
The council must arrange emergency housing if they think you might:
have a priority need
meet immigration and residence conditions
If you qualify, they must provide housing for you and anyone who usually lives with you as a member of your family.
Longer term options
If you qualify for longer term housing, the council must try to find you a suitable pitch or housing within the area. If there's nothing available locally they could place you elsewhere.
Many Gypsies and Travellers want somewhere they can park up and live legally. The council must consider your cultural needs and lifestyle when deciding what is suitable.
If a suitable pitch is not available, the council will probably offer you 'bricks and mortar' accommodation.
If an offer of housing or a pitch is unsuitable
You can only challenge the suitability of emergency housing in court with the help of a solicitor. It would have to be very unsuitable for a legal challenge to succeed.
If the council accept the main housing duty in your case, you can ask for a suitability review of:
any temporary housing
final offers of a tenancy or a pitch
You should accept the offer and then ask for a review so you still have somewhere to live if your review is unsuccessful.
Still need help?
For more help and advice:
The following organisations provide specialist advice for Gypsies and Travellers:
Last updated: 4 March 2019