If you’re already homeless and sleeping rough, or in danger of doing so, here’s some immediate help.
If you’re sleeping rough in England, Streetlink can help to get you off the streets and into local services: 0300 500 0914.
If you're sleeping rough in Scotland you should call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline on 0808 800 4444.
In Wales you should call Shelter’s housing advice helpline on 0345 075 5005.
If you’re homeless, or think you might soon become homeless then you can contact your local authority who should assess you to determine if they might have a duty to re-house you under homelessness regulations.
Local authorities use a number of criteria to determine whether or not they have a duty to re-house you, including your connection to the area, whether or not you are deemed to be intentionally homeless and whether you are in priority need.
Having a manageable chronic illness such as HIV may not be deemed a priority need on health grounds by many local authorities.
If you satisfy all the requirements, the local authority will have a duty to house you. If you don't, it will only have a duty to advise you.
Local authority housing advice can:
Even if you’re not eligible for Social Housing it’s well worth speaking with the local authority housing advice team or homeless prevention unit, to maximise your options.
If you need to talk these things through, get in contact with THT Direct on 0808 802 1221.
Remember: if you're applying to the local authority for rehousing based on homelessness, they have the following duties:
Your local authority also has a duty to give you a decision in writing. For the decision to be valid it needs to:
In the event that you’re not happy with the decision you should ask for a review within 21 days of the date of the decision.
It’s important you act as quickly as possible and so at this point we suggest that you call THT Direct who will try to signpost you to a housing specialist in your area.
If you’re not entitled to be re-housed under the homelessness regulations you should ask the local authority for further advice and look for private rented accommodation.
If you don’t have enough money for your deposit you should find out whether your local authority has a guaranteed deposit scheme which may help you with this.
You might also be eligible to claim Housing Benefit to help you with your rent.
You can also talk to one of our Online Advisors.
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