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What is a homelessness application?

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In this article

  1. What is a homelessness application?
  2. Where and when is a homelessness application taken?
  3. What if I do not agree with the decision?
  4. Temporary accommodation
  5. Looking for a home?

What is a homelessness application?

We must investigate individual circumstances where a person claims to be homeless or threatened with homelessness. In some cases this may lead to a formal application being taken, from this we can then make a decision about whether we have a duty to provide accommodation for you and your household.

When we look at your situation we need to be satisfied that you are:

The Housing Act 1996 (Part VII - Homelessness), as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 is the law governing when and how councils take applications from homeless people. There is also a Code of Guidance for Local Authorities produced by the Government which outlines how applications should be assessed and what information we need to pass onto you. The law relating to homelessness is complex, but the information in "Where and when is a homelessness application taken?" explains the procedures and duties that we will follow if a homeless application is taken from you.