If you are homeless, or think you may at risk of becoming homeless in the next 56 days, please contact our Housing Options Team as soon as possible for advice and assistance.
If you work for an agency or a public body and would like to refer someone who you think may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to the Housing Options Team, you can do this by completing the online agency referral form. Please ensure that you have obtained the individual’s consent before you make a referral.
If you make a homeless application to Charnwood Borough Council and you meet both of the following criteria, we will work with you to prevent you from becoming homeless or relieve your homelessness:
- You are eligible for assistance (more information about the eligibility criteria)
- You are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless within the next 56 days (more information about the homelessness criteria)
If you are eligible for assistance and you are at risk of becoming homeless within the next 56 days, the Council will discuss your housing circumstances, housing needs and support needs with you and develop a personalised housing plan. This plan will include steps you will need to take to ensure that you can remain in your home or find alternative accommodation. We will work with you to help prevent you from becoming homeless.
If you are eligible for assistance and you are homeless, the Council will assess your housing circumstances, housing needs and support needs and use this information to develop a personalised housing plan. This plan will include steps you will need to take to ensure that you find accommodation. We will work with you to relieve your homelessness.
If you have a local connection to Charnwood, we will work with you for at least 56 days to help relieve your homelessness (more information about the local connection criteria). If you do not have a local connection to Charnwood, we may refer your case to the Council in the area where you do have a local connection.
If it is not possible to prevent you from becoming homeless and your homelessness cannot be relieved in 56 days and you meet all of the following 5 criteria, we will have a duty to assist you to secure accommodation:
- You are eligible for assistance
- You are homeless
- You have a priority need for accommodation
- You did not become homeless intentionally
- You have a local connection to Charnwood
To find out if you meet the required criteria for the above, head to the Citizens Advice website.
If you meet all five of the criteria set out above, we will have a legal duty to assist you to secure suitable affordable accommodation for a period of at least 12 months. This could be an offer of a tenancy of a Council property, a Housing Association property or a Private Sector property.
If you feel that we have made the wrong decision about your homelessness application, you may request a review of the decision (more information about homeless reviews).
For independent advice, you can contact The Bridge Housing Advice Service or Charnwood Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Please note, if you apply to the Council as homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we will need to share your personal information with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. This information will be used for statistical and research purposes to help support other homeless individuals and households in the future.
Last updated: Wed 12th December, 2018 @ 12:00