Housing options for young parents

Find out about emergency and longer-term housing options if you're a young parent.

Homelessness help from the council 

You can ask for help from the council's housing department if you're homeless now or facing homelessness within 8 weeks. This includes if you have received a section 21 notice from your landlord that runs out in 8 weeks or less.

If you meet immigration and residence conditions, the council must:

This plan sets out the steps you and the council must take to help you find and keep somewhere to live.

The council must also provide emergency accommodation if you're homeless and have children or are pregnant.

You might be referred to social services if you’re under 18 or if you don’t qualify for help from the housing department because of immigration or residence conditions.

At a later stage, the housing department might refer you to social services if they decide they don't have to help with longer-term housing because you're intentionally homeless (for example because you left accommodation that you could have stayed in).

Get advice if both the housing and social services departments refuse to help.

Contact a Shelter adviser online, by phone or in person.

Apply for a council or housing association home

You may be able to apply for a council or housing association home from the housing register. Each council has its own rules about who can go on the register.

If you're allowed on to the register, you may still have a long wait for longer-term housing.

Find out how councils make offers from the housing register.

Find a private rented home

Think carefully about what sort of place you need and what you can realistically afford.

Find out where to look for a private rented home or ask the council for help with this.

Paying for accommodation

You can usually claim universal credit which includes a housing element if you're on a low income.

If you're in emergency or temporary housing and pay rent to the council or a housing association you usually have to claim housing benefit.

Your benefit may not cover your full rent and you must make up any shortfall from other income or benefits.

Still need help?

Contact a Shelter adviser online, by phone or in person

Last updated 08 May 2018 | © Shelter

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