If you are eligible for assistance and homeless or threatened with homelessness, your local council should give you help to secure accommodation or to prevent your homelessness regardless of your personal circumstances.
If you are still homeless, the council will want to look at your case again. At this stage, if you fall into one of the 'priority need' categories and the council do not consider you to be intentionally homeless they help to find alternative accomodation under the duty to secure accommodation.
Homeless eligibility criteria
To qualify for long-term housing from your council, all the following 5 conditions must apply to you.
To qualify for emergency housing, the council must think conditions 1 to 3 apply to you.
Legal and benefit advice
- Shelter's Guide on housing rights helps you work out if you're eligible, for assistance and what you can get advice from Civil Legal Advice, or you can search for a legal aid adviser.