People can become homeless for many reasons but no matter how it happens homelessness can be a very stressful experience
How Can We Help?
The Housing Act 1996 - Part VII - amended by the Homelessness Act 2002, sets out the legal duties of local authorities towards people who are homeless or about to be made homeless. However, the Council does not have to provide accommodation to all homeless people.
This will depend on our decision on your homeless application. If we decide you are eligible for help, homeless, in priority need, not intentionally homeless and you have a connection with the Basildon district then we will have a full duty to help, this may mean offering you private rented or possibly housing association accommodation
We will do all we can to prevent you from being homeless. If you are homeless or about to become homeless, you can make an application for help. To decide how we will help you we will have to look at the following things;
1. Your eligibility for help
2. Your current situation
3. Your needs
4. Your reasons for becoming homeless
We look at whether you had a choice in becoming homeless
The accommodation you left was available and reasonable for you to occupy. You have deliberately done something that lead to you losing your accommodation.
5. Your local connections
If you do not have any connections with us we maybe able to refer you to another authority for help
Do you have a priority need?
You are considered to have a priority need if you or a member of your family is one or more of the following
Always bring proof ID
The Homeless Persons Team
All homeless applications made to us are looked at by our Housing Advice & Assessment officers. Most of the referrals we see come to us through the housing advice team. Our aim is to find ways of preventing homelessness and complete application enquiries as soon as possible.
To make the most of your time with us please bring the following
If you are a tenant of a lodger
If you are a landlord and you have asked your tenant or lodger to leave
If you are a homeowner
Before a decision is made to whether temporary or permanent accommodation should be allocated, we will hold a series of interviews with you where we will find out the details of your impending or actual homelessness. The service we provide is currently being reviewed as we are always striving to improve services for our customers,
We may decide that we do not have a duty to help you, we will write to you explaining how we reached our decision and you will have the right to request a review.
Will I Be Offered Temporary Accommodation?
The Homelessness Strategy [330kb] provides you with information on current initiatives and our plans for the future.
Further information is available under the following headings,
It's not a good idea to rush into leaving home .
Ideally you should stay with your family until you can leave in a more planned way. It can be difficult to find somewhere to live and it can be hard to pay your bills.
You could end up in difficulty, even homeless.