If you or someone else are homeless or threatened with homelessness complete the online referal form below:

Public authorities with a duty to refer:

  • Emergency Departments
  • Hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care
  • Jobcentre's in England
  • Prisons
  • Probation services (including community rehabilitation companies)
  • Secretary of State for defence in relation to member of the regular armed forces
  • Secure colleges
  • Secure training centres
  • Social service authorities (both adult and children)
  • Urgent treatment centres
  • Young offenders institutes
  • Youth offending teams

Requirements of the Duty to refer

The new duty requires the specified public authorities to identify and refer a service user who is homeless or may be threatened with homelessness, to a local housing authority of the service user's choice.

The service user must consent to the referral being made. The consent can be made in writing or given orally (see the section below), although the person referring should follow the agreed processes set out in their agency's internal guidance, if applicable.

A person is considered homeless if:

  • They do not have any accommodation which is avilable for them which they have a legal right to occupy, or
  • It is not reasonable for the person to occupy their current accommodation, for example, because they would be at risk of domestic abuse.

Someone is defined as being threatened with homelessness where they are likely to become homeless within 56 days, or have been served with a valid notice under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 by their landlord, which expires within 56 days.

If you are worried about your housing situation please ACT NOW!

Call 01353 665555 to book an appointment or come to the council offices to see one of our advisers at our drop in clinics