Making a homeless application

Who is entitled to assistance?

Please remember that although we do not have a duty to house all applicants, everybody has the right to advice and assistance. There are five aspects of criteria that all applicants need to meet before a full homeless duty is accepted:

Eligibility - is the applicant:

  • A habitually resident UK citizen
  • Granted leave to remain under immigration law
  • An EU citizen with a qualifying right to reside 

Homeless or threatened with homelessness:

  • Is the applicant threatened with homelessness within 56 days
  • Does the applicant have nowhere to stay tonight
  • Does the applicant have an imminent date to leave their current home
  • Does the applicant have a home which is safe, reasonable and affordable

Priority need - does the applicant:

  • Have children or is expecting children
  • Have a vulnerability. This could include issues such as physical or mental disability and leaving care
  • Intentionality - has the applicant made themselves deliberately homeless from previous settled accommodation

Local connection - If you are threatened with homelessness within 56 days, under the prevention duty, the council will assist you to prevent your homelessness.

If you are already homeless and are owed the relief duty, the following applies:

Does the applicant have a need to live in the Hinckley & Bosworth area. For example:

  • Have lived in the area for six out of twelve months or three out of five years
  • Have close relatives such as mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter who have lived in the area for more than five years 
  • Have employment in the area or other special reasons

Care leavers

All care leavers under the age of 21 will be considered as having a local connection with an area if they were looked after, accommodated or fostered there for a continuous period of at least two years.

Last updated: ‎16‎/‎05‎/‎2018‎ ‎10‎:‎48