Homelessness

There are food services​ available for homeless people over the Easter weekend. If you speak to a homeless person in the area please let them know about these services. Find out more on the HARP website.

Are you homeless or at risk of losing your home?

Being homeless doesn't just mean you have nowhere to live at all – you can be homeless if you:

  • have a home but you cannot return to it because you, or a member of your family would be at risk of violence
  • have a home but have been locked out and cannot get in
  • have a home but it is unreasonable for you to continue to live there
  • have a moveable home, for example a boat or a caravan and you have nowhere to put it legally.

How we can help?

The legislation around homelessness is changing with the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA 2017).
This will place more emphasis on the assistance each council in England can offer customers who have experienced or are about to experience homelessness. This will result in more customers being assisted as each council will no longer consider if a customer has a priority need or has made themselves intentionally homeless initially before they are assisted.

Our housing solution service can help you in the following ways:

We can assess your current housing situation and work out what your needs are.

If you are worried that you might become homeless, we can give you advice on the next steps. This service can help you if you have a physical or mental illness, if you are ex-armed forces and homeless, a care leaver and homeless or if you have been released from prison and have nowhere to live. Supported housing may be an option for you in these circumstances.

We can help you make a housing plan so you can work towards the next steps to find a permanent home.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty?

Our team might be able to help you in these ways:

  • With a one-off payment to assist with housing costs.
  • With rent arrears to stop you being evicted by your landlord.
  • If you have issues because of new benefit changes such as Universal Credit, the Bedroom Tax, Benefit Cap or Local Housing allowance.
  • With budgeting and managing your money at home.
  • With employment problems and job seeking.
  • With getting a smaller, more financially manageable home

Please contact thehousingsolutionsteam@southend.gov.uk

Or 01702 215002

Page last updated: 29/03/2018