If you are homeless or are at risk of homelessness, we can arrange for you to see a member of our team. We would then:
- If you are worried about becoming homeless, give you advice about the next steps
- Assess your current housing situation and what your housing needs are
- Look to agree a housing plan with you, which would outline how we can work together to help you find a permanent home
- Assess whether you might be in 'priority need' - this depends on how vulnerable you would be when homeless, and would affect whether you are entitled to temporary accommodation while your application is assessed.
The steps we take to help you will depend on your situation. Some examples of the help we can offer:
- Support to negotiate with family members or your landlord to help you stay in your home
- Financial assistance to help you keep your current home or to secure other accommodation
- Assess whether you could join the housing waiting list
We aren't always able to help you stay in your home or get into other accommodation within the time we aim to. In these situations, we need to make a decision as to whether we have a duty to ensure you have accommodation - this will depend on your level of vulnerability and the cause of your homelessness.
You may disagree with a decision we make, in which case you can request a review.
Independent, free advice is available from Advice Portsmouth.
The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) came into effect on 3 April 2018 and changed the way that we deal with any eligible person who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. Helpful guidance explaining these changes can be found in fact sheets produced by the Government and in further detail in the code of guidance which sets out what councils must follow to deliver the required homelessness services.