The council you approach will have a duty to secure accommodation for you if you are homeless, eligible and have a priority need for accommodation. To find the details for your local council follow this link
You are considered to have priority need for accommodation if:
- You are homeless as a result of an emergency such as flood, fire or other disaster
- You or any members of your household are pregnant or have dependent children who live with you who are 16 years or under or 17 to 19 years and in full-time education
- You are 16 or 17 years old
- You have been in care (i.e. a children’s home or foster home) and you are under 21 or over 21 but vulnerable as a result of having been in care
- You or any members of your household are vulnerable as a result of old age, mental illness or handicap, physical disability or other special reason
- You are vulnerable as a result of leaving your home due to domestic or non-domestic violence or threats of such violence
- You are vulnerable as a result of having been in the armed forces or prison.
If you have a priority need for accommodation but are homeless because you failed to:
✖ pay your rent or
✖ were asked to move out because of any seemingly unreasonable behaviour
The local authority you approach will have a duty to find somewhere for you to stay but for only a limited time.
It is unlikely if you are between 18 and 25 years old that you would be identified as having a priority need for housing but it is important that you still go to your local council as they will be able to undertake a housing assessment and direct you to the best service to help you.
For information on what housing options are available for you click here.
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