Get help finding somewhere to live if you're homeless and an European Union (EU) citizen, and have nowhere to stay.
Contact a Shelter adviser
Get advice from Shelter if you are from one of the countries in the EU or EEA and are homeless or will be homeless soon.
- check if you qualify for emergency housing from the council
- look for hostels or night shelters for you
- tell you about local services that could provide practical help
Get help from the council
You can ask the council for help if you're homeless or at risk of losing your home within 8 weeks. This includes if your landlord gives you a valid section 21 notice that expires in the next 8 weeks.
To qualify for help, you need to meet immigration and residence conditions. The council call this being 'eligible for assistance'. They'll check this before they decide what help to offer you.
Many EU nationals qualify for help but the help you get depends on your situation. If you're in a priority need group (for example you have dependent children), you may qualify for emergency housing and longer-term housing when homeless.
Challenge a council decision
If the council decide they can't help you, they must write to you and explain why. You can ask for a review if you think the decision is wrong.
You may qualify for free legal help if you're on a low income:
If the council can't help you
You'll need to find your own accommodation if the council can't help you with housing.
Find out more about:
Help to pay rent
If you find somewhere to live, you may be able to claim one of the following benefits to help with your rent:
Your residence status in the UK affects if you qualify.
Get immigration and housing advice
You may need specialist immigration advice if you're unsure of your residence status.
The following organisations give specialist advice to Central and East European migrants:
Last updated - 03 Apr 2018
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