Homelessness - Adults
Homelessness is often associated with sleeping on the streets, but in reality the vast majority of homeless people are families or single individuals who are not sleeping rough. Some may be living with friends or in temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfast hotels, hostels, night shelters and refuges.
There may be a huge impact on the wellbeing of an individual and their situation may be causing great detriment to their health as many households and individuals are living in poor quality accommodation.
Legal Definition of Homelessness
Seeking Help & Advice
Eligible for help
Eligibility for assistance will not be available for some people who have lived abroad. Someone who has refugee status, settled immigration status or exceptional leave to enter and remain, are likely to be eligible for assistance.
An individual or household must show they have not made themselves intentionally homeless in a deliberately way. One example is where someone has failed to make mortgage or rent payments when they could have afforded to do so and it has consequently resulted in the loss of their home.
Consideration is given by the authority as to whether the individual or household has a connection to the district in which they have applied. If there is no local connection a referral to an area where there is a local connection can be made instead. If there is no local connection with another area then the authority the individual first approached must help.
Ineligibility and further assistance
Under housing legislation a housing authority may refer an individual or household to another organisation which is suitable and that may be able to help, when the individual or household does not meet eligibility criteria set out by housing law.