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Applying as homeless

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The process of applying as homeless, including making an application to more than one authority, and making a repeat application. Also, the duty of public authorities to refer a person who may be homeless.

Homeless application process

People who can make a homeless application to a local authority, what duties are owed and challenging decisions. 

Local authority contractors and social services

Applications for homelessness assistance to local authority contractors and applications to social services. 

Multiple, repeat and withdrawn homeless applications

Applying to more than one authority, making a repeat application, and withdrawing an application. 

False statements in homeless applications

Information about the criminal offences of making false statements or failure to notify an authority of a material change in circumstances. 

Public authority duty to refer

Duty of public authorities to refer a homeless person to a local housing authority. 

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