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Help from your council

Our guide explains how to ask the council for help if you're homeless now or might become homeless in the next 8 weeks:

Get help from the council

What to expect if you're offered housing:

Emergency housing from the council

Temporary housing when homeless

Final offers of housing when homeless

Rules about who and how the council must help:

Who qualifies for housing

16 and 17 year olds

EU citizens: Help from the council if you're homeless

Immigration and residence restrictions

Challenge a council decision

Legal terms the council might use and what they mean:

Priority need

Legally homeless

Intentionally homeless

Local connection

Places to stay in an emergency

You may be able to contact some of these places yourself. Or you may need to be referred by a council or a charity.

Get a place if you're homeless and on the streets

Women's refuges


Night shelters

Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs)

Emergency options for homeless 16 to 25 year olds

Advice for different groups

People experiencing domestic abuse

Pregnant women

Disabled people and people with health conditions

Ex prisoners

Refugees and asylum seekers

EU citizens in the UK


Gypsies and Travellers

Get practical help if you're on the streets

Last updated: 2 June 2021

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