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Eligibility for homeless assistance

This content applies to England

Eligibility for homelessness assistance depends on immigration and residence status. There are different rules for British and Irish nationals, and for people from abroad.

Eligibility for homelessness assistance of British and Irish citizens and their family members

The rules on eligibility for homelessness assistance of British and Irish citizens and their family members. 

People from abroad who are eligible for homeless assistance

People from abroad are only entitled to homelessness assistance if they are eligible 

People with EU pre-settled status eligibility for assistance

Eligibility rules for applying for homeless assistance for EEA nationals and their family members who have been granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme 

People with EU temporary protection eligibility for assistance

The eligibility rules for EEA nationals and their family members who have not yet been granted status under the EU settlement scheme. 

Homeless applications if someone in the household is ineligible

Ineligible household members are sometimes disregarded when establishing whether an applicant is homeless or in priority need 

Habitual residence test for homelessness assistance

British and Irish nationals as well as some people from abroad are only eligible for assistance if they are habitually resident in the Common Travel Area. 

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