If you are at risk of becoming homeless, report it to your local authority.

Homelessness isn’t always rough sleeping. It includes situations such as sofa surfing and sleeping at a friends or relatives house on a temporary basis. 

What happens if you're at risk of becoming homeless


If you are at risk of becoming homeless within the next 56 days the local authority must act to either keep you in your current accommodation, or find you an alternative solution. This could be some form of temporary accommodation such as a hotel or B&B, whilst permanent accommodation is being sought.

An officer will go through a personal housing plan with you which can take up to two hours to complete. It will provide them with all the information they need to help and support you effectively.

The homelessness register sits separately to the council housing register so ensure your housing officer is aware that you are being made homeless, not just that you want to apply for social housing.

Rough sleeping