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Homelessness

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness see what advice and assistance can be offered to you.

However, before you contact Housing Options, please make sure that you are eligible for help by reading the information on this page.

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On contacting Housing Options and providing they are satisfied that you are at risk, you will be offered a time and date to meet with a member of the team. You will be required to pdf icon bring certain documentation with you to your appointment [37kb].

Are you eligible?

Not everyone who is homeless is eligible for help with their housing. The law says that certain people from abroad are not eligible for housing assistance. However, you are likely to be eligible if you are:

  • a British Citizen
  • a national of the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • or a settled person

If you can't get benefits, are subject to immigration control or are an asylum seeker it is unlikely that you will be eligible.

Are you homeless?

Broadly speaking you may be homeless if you:

  • have no where to stay tonight
  • have been staying somewhere where you have no legal right to and you are being told to leave
  • have been locked out of your home and been told not to return
  • have somewhere to live but are likely to face violence if you return
  • are forced to live apart from someone you would normally live with or someone we consider it would be reasonable for you to live with
  • are forced to leave your home because of harassment
  • live in a mobile home, caravan or boat but are unable to park or moor it where you can live

Normally we would only consider you as homeless if you were going to lose your home in the next 28 days, but if we get involved earlier we may be able to prevent you from becoming homeless.

Are you in priority need?

To be considered a priority need you must be one of the following:

  • a household with dependent children
  • a pregnant woman
  • 16 or 17 years old
  • 18 to 21 years old but you've been looked after, accommodated or fostered between the ages of 16 and 18
  • vulnerable due to old age, mental or physical illness or disability, suffering domestic violence or as a result of being in the armed forces or prison
  • suffered a fire, flood or another disaster
  • over 21 years old but were looked after, accommodated or fostered

Have you made yourself homeless?

We may consider you to have made yourself homeless if you:

  • deliberately gave up your home when it would have been reasonable for you to remain
  • deliberately did or didn't do something which you knew would mean losing your home, for example, not paying your rent or committing antisocial behaviour
  • made arrangements to stay somewhere you had no legal right to with the intention of claiming to be homeless
  • had legal or financial advice or assistance to help you find somewhere else suitable for you to live and you didn't act on it
  • are intentionally homeless, we have no duty to find you somewhere to live, we just have to give you advice and assistance

Do you have a local connection to Wolverhampton?

We will need to be satisfied that you have a local connection with Wolverhampton and will look to see if you have one or more of the following:

  • have made your home in Wolverhampton for a minimum of 6 out of the last 12 months or 3 out of the last 5 years
  • a permanent job in Wolverhampton
  • family in Wolverhampton (parents, brother, sister, grown up children) that have been living here for more than 5 years

In the case that you have no local connection in Wolverhampton but pass other checks, we will refer your case to a council where you do have a local connection unless you are at risk of violence in that area.

Useful additional links

www.streetlink.org.uk/ - Notify councils and assist rough sleepers