Finding a home to rent or buy shouldn’t have to be a problem – but it is. We are here to address the UK’s housing crisis.
Housing Week brought together housing associations to show how they are leading through change.
The world has changed and we need to show that we are ready to meet the new challenges with innovative ideas. Housing Week is your opportunity to do that.
Each day of the week focused on a different topic, allowing housing associations of all size and type to talk about how they are leading through change in their own organisations. It was an opportunity to take away new ideas from colleagues in the sector as well as innovators from outside of it.
Being in a situation where you’re faced with the possibility of becoming homeless is something that we never imagine happening to ourselves, and we hope never will.
In fact, in the UK we’re facing a homeless epidemic like never before, with as many as 320,000 people in the population currently on the streets or classed as homeless, and counting.
Today, we’re going to be taking an in depth look at understanding what it means to be homeless, and what your options are.
Generally speaking, we consider “homelessness” as quite literally being on the streets – but what does the law consider the true meaning of “homeless” is?
The assumption that you must be “on the street” in order to be homeless, is therefore incorrect. Any of these circumstances would classify a person as being homeless.
The first port of call, should you find yourself in any of these unfortunate circumstances, would be to contact the local council.
There is a process that must be followed, in which a housing officer will then determine whether or not you’re eligible for housing assistance:
Finally, there are a few other options out there:
Above all else, remember to act. Should you find yourself in a situation that could result in homelessness, seek help immediately. The sooner, the better.