From 1st October 2018, certain public bodies will have a duty to refer any person who they believe may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to the local housing authority of their choice, providing that person wants to be referred for assistance.
The law that created this duty is the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 S10.
The organisations that are responsible for making these referrals are:
People working in the organisations listed above may have information that leads them to believe that one of their clients is homeless or threatened with homelessness.
They should ask the client:
The client may choose which local housing authority they wish to be referred to. However, it is sensible to guide the applicant towards the local council who are best equipped to resolve the situation. This will usually mean the local council in an area where the applicant has a strong connection.
The exception would be if there is a threat of violence in that district.
For further guidance on local connections please contact us on 03450450051.
If the client is threatened with being made homeless within the next 56 days, we will work with them to try and resolve the problem, so they can stay where they are living (if appropriate).
If the client needs to find somewhere different to live, we will explore a broad range of options, including private rented housing and registering for social rent.
Please note that most councils will offer greater preference on their housing register for people who have a local connection. This includes South Cambridgeshire District Council.
If the client is already homeless, we will investigate whether there is a local connection with South Cambridgeshire.
Those homeless people without a local connection, will be referred to the council area where they do have a connection (unless they have no connection anywhere).
Organisations that have consent to make a referral to South Cambridgeshire, and who feel it is appropriate to do so, should visit complete their referral through the Housing Assistance Referral Portal.
All referrals will be reviewed and contact made with the applicant as soon as possible.
If the council is satisfied that the applicant is eligible for help, and either threatened with homelessness within 56 days, or homeless now, a homeless application will be created. Otherwise, we will provide as much advice and assistance as we can.
If you believe the applicant has nowhere to sleep tonight, use the firstname.lastname@example.org email, and also suggest that the applicant comes to the Housing Advice Service straight-away.
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