You may be entitled to council housing or council sheltered housing if you have lost your home due to an emergency such as a serious fire, flood or other disaster, or are:
- living with one or more dependent children (a dependent child is normally under 16 years old or under 19 if in full-time education)
- an expectant parent, or someone living with you is pregnant
- sixteen or seventeen years old
- eighteen to twenty years old and a former ‘relevant child’ under the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
- vulnerable for special reasons
- elderly or in poor health, in danger of a violent attack, or vulnerable as a result of being in custody or having served in the Armed Forces.
These are our priority groups. If you're homeless, in one of the priority groups and have a local connection to Portsmouth, we're obliged to find you somewhere for you to live. A local connection means you have:
- lived in the area for the past six months out of twelve months, or three years out of five years
- a permanent job in the city
- close family that has lived permanently in the council area for more than five years.
If you apply to us as homeless and have no local connection with Portsmouth but a strong connection with another district, we may refer you back to that other area for advice or assistance.
If you're homeless, or likely to be homeless, but are not in one of the priority groups above, you will not be offered housing. Instead, we'll give you advice and assistance to help you find somewhere else to rent or buy, or to help you stay with relatives and friends.