What is priority need?

Use this guide if you are homeless or might be homeless in the next 2 months.

Find out if you are in priority need and how to show this to the council.

Why priority need is important

The council must provide emergency housing if they think you meet the immigration conditions and could:

  • be homeless

  • have a priority need

How to get emergency housing if you're already homeless and in priority need.

How to make a homeless application if you could be homeless in the next 8 weeks.

If you have a priority need, you might also qualify for longer term housing.

Priority on the council housing register

Priority need is different to priority on the housing waiting list.

You get some priority on the waiting list if you're homeless even if you're not in priority need.

Find out how to:

Last updated: 8 December 2021

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