Getting help if you are homeless

When and how can we help?

When can we help?

If you’re homeless or threatened with homelessness within the next 56 days, we can help. This can be if:

  • You have been asked to leave your home by relatives/friends
  • You have been served a notice by your landlord, or are being threatened with eviction
  • You are in a violent relationship and it is not safe for you stay in your home
  • You are on the street with nowhere to go
  • You are facing repossession due to mortgage arrears
  • It is otherwise unreasonable for you to stay in your home, for example, due to overcrowding or physical mobility issues

You will need to be eligible for assistance and have a local connection with Hinckley and Bosworth.

How can we help

We will always try to prevent you from becoming homeless in the first instance.

We will establish if you are in a priority need category and if you are, we will  help to ensure you have temporary accommodation.

You will be offered the opportunity to meet with us to develop a personal housing plan. As part of the plan most people are offered specific assistance with seeking and securing privately rented accommodation.

Your offer of help will depend on your circumstances but may include financial guarantees or other assistance towards bonds, deposits and rent in advance. Any help is always conditional on a property being both suitable and affordable for you.

If you remain homeless after 56 days then we will write to you to explain what homeless duty the council has to you.

If you are not in work and will be relying on working age benefits to help pay your housing costs, then the rental should be no higher than the maximum amount of help you are entitled to. For further information please visit housing costs and universal credit (GOV.UK)

Last updated: ‎20‎/‎04‎/‎2020‎ ‎10‎:‎30‎