If you apply to the Housing Options team for housing assistance because you are homeless, we might not necessarily be legally obliged to provide you with accommodation. The Council's duty to you might be limited to it providing you with advice and assistance and not actual accommodation.
For the Housing Options team to be legally obliged to provide you with accommodation it will have to be satisfied that you are eligible, homeless, in priority need and that you have not made yourself intentionally homeless.
The Housing Options team will take into account if you have spent time in prison when deciding how to treat you, even if it has been some time since you were released. The Housing Options Team will also look at whether you:
- have a mental health problem, a learning disability or a physical disability
- are under 21 and have been in care and are under 21
- were in the armed forces
- are fleeing violence or threats of violence.
The Housing Options team could decide not to provide you with permanent accommodation if it considers that you made yourself intentionally homeless.