Advice if you're homeless now
You are legally homeless if:
- you do not have any accommodation available to you and your family, so that you have nowhere to stay.
- the only accommodation available to you and your family is not accommodation that you have a right to occupy (for example, you do not have permission from the owner).
- your accommodation is not accessible and physically available to you and your family, or accommodation which is not reasonable for you and your family to continue to live in (for example you are in danger). In some of these cases you may be able to stay living where you are for the time being, but you should not do this if you are in danger, and in all cases you need to look for a solution.
If you know that someone is sleeping rough please report this to Streetlink so that the person can be offered assistance.
Young people aged 16 and 17
If you are 16 or 17 and have nowhere to stay you can ask Staffordshire County Council or East Staffordshire Borough Council for help. To help you decide who to contact see advice from Shelter.
Help from Staffordshire County Council
To ask Staffordshire County Council for help, call First Response on 0800 13 13 126 or talk to a Local Support Team Worker, Social Worker, Careers Advisor or Youth Worker. Explain that you are asking the County Council for help because you are homeless and need somewhere to stay.
The County Council will then have a duty to help you; it cannot just send you to the Borough Council. If you cannot return home, the County Council will find you somewhere to stay while it assesses your needs.
Help from East Staffordshire Borough Council
We have a duty to help you. However we will have to refer your case to Staffordshire County Council as well because the County Council is the lead agency for assessing and meeting the needs of 16 and 17 year olds. Please be aware that as a 16 or 17 year old you cannot hold a tenancy.
If you lose your accommodation the first emergency option is generally to stay with family or friends.
Alternatively you may be able to stay in a guest house or hotel,
If you own your home and have to leave it due to an emergency then contact your buildings insurer because they may arrange emergency accommodation for you under your home insurance policy.
If you are female and leaving your home to escape domestic violence (need link) you may be able to stay at a Women's Refuge.
If you are a single person from Staffordshire you may be able to access the following accommodation. However there is very rarely a vacancy:
- Reconnect Burton, 01283 547211
If you are a single person with a connection to another district then you may be able to access hostel accommodation in that district:
- Derby hostels, Hostels Access Team, 01332 642150
- P3 Hostel, Swadlincote, 01283 819944
- Nottingham hostels, The Gateway, 0115 915 3000
- Birmingham hostels (if you are aged under 25), The Link, 0121 233 1508
- Birmingham hostels (if you are aged 25+), Hostel Finder, 0345 602 0549
- 90 Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke, 01782 279234
- Salvation Army Hostel, Stoke, 01782 744374
- YMCA Hostel, Stoke, 01782 864500
- Dawn Centre, Leicester, 0116 221 2770
If you have nowhere to stay, you cannot find anywhere yourself, and:
- you have dependent children living with you, or
- you feel vulnerable because of old age, mental illness, disability, physical illness, you have been in care, in the forces, or in custody, you are fleeing violence, or for another special reason, or
- you can prove that you or a household member are pregnant, or
- you need accommodation because of an emergency such as flood, fire or other disaster, or
- you are 16 or 17 years old and cannot return home
then the Council can find short-term (interim) accommodation for you whilst it investigates your situation if it has reason to believe you are eligible, homeless and have a priority need.
Depending on your circumstances and what is available this may, for example, be a Bed and Breakfast room out of the area. You will be required to make a reasonable contribution to the cost of the accommodation (or to make a valid claim for Housing Benefit).
If you belong to one of the categories listed above, have nowhere to stay, and will accept such accommodation, if at all possible visit or call Housing Options during office hours without delay so that we can assist you in person; however if you lose your accommodation on a non-working day or after office hours and you have no-where to stay until the next working day, you can speak to our out-of-hours duty officer on 01283 508126 - please call as early as possible from 10am onwards.