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Guide for homeless applicants

Legal framework

Further information on the legal framework:

Are you eligible?

Certain 'persons from abroad' may not be eligible for advice and assistance. This may also apply to British Citizens who have been living abroad. We will talk to you and make specific checks to find out whether this is the case.

Are you homeless?

A person is assessed as homeless within the legal framework if they have no accommodation in the UK or elsewhere in the world which is available for their occupation. They also fall within the framework if they are threatened with homelessness within 56 days. We will also consider if a person has accommodation but cannot secure entry to it or they have accommodation, but it would not be reasonable for them to continue to occupy it.

Are you in Priority need

You may be in priority need if:

  • You or your partner is pregnant
  • You have dependent children.
  • You are a young person aged 16 or 17 and not a 'relevant child' as defined by the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • You are a young person who is a former 'relevant child' as defined by the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • You are homeless in an emergency. For example, as a result of flood or fire
  • You or a member of your family is considered to be vulnerable for any special reason. For example, due to domestic abuse, old age, or for certain health reasons.

Do you have a local connection with the North Warwickshire area?

A local connection can relate to such things as the length of time you or a member of your immediate family has lived in the area or whether you or a member of your immediate household has close family associations in the area. This would be parents, adult children or brothers or sisters, who have been resident in the area for a period of at least 5 years, at the date of your application. In some circumstances, the length of time you have been employed in the area can also be considered.

Intentionally homeless

This relates to the reason you have left, or will have to leave your home.   We may also consider the reasons for leaving your previous homes if your current one was only a temporary or short term arrangement.  The legislation states that the Council has to establish if you have deliberately done something, or failed to do something, which could result or has resulted in the loss of accommodation which is available for your occupation and in which it have been reasonable for you to continue to occupy.

Last updated Tuesday, 27th March 2018

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