What do I do if I am faced with being homeless?

We know that it is not always possible to prevent someone becoming homeless, and emergency situations can arise. For example, if you are experiencing violence at home, we would ensure emergency accommodation was available whilst we worked with you to pursue your housing options.  

The Housing Act 1996 (Part 7) as amended by The Homeless Act 2002 and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, places a legal duty on Local Authorities to help those people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

This act lays down how a council should respond and who should be offered accommodation.  Not all applicants can be offered accommodation, but advice and information about homelessness and its prevention is available to everyone.

There are a number of various options and assistance available to you (see further information on the left hand side of the page) including:

  • making a homeless application;
  • support if you are struggling to pay your mortgage
  • securing accommodation in the private rented sector
  • advice on homelessness from your matrimonial home if you are the non-owner or non-tenant

However, if you want further advice, please contact:

The Housing Options Team
Telephone: 01264 368000