The following public authorities have a duty to notify a housing authority if they consider one of their clients to currently be homeless or threatened with homelessness within the next 56 days:
If you, as an official representative of any of the above listed public bodies, encounter a client whom you consider to currently be homeless or threatened with homelessness within the next 56 days, you can make the required referral to a housing authority online here.
Alert is a dedicated tool for all local authorities in the UK to use to manage incoming referrals from other agencies. It supports partnership working by providing a secure and easy to use platform for making referrals including the new S213B duty placed on specific public bodies.
The client may choose which local housing authority they wish to be referred to. However, it is sensible to guide the client towards the local authority who are best equipped to resolve the situation. This will usually mean the local authority in an area where the client has a strong connection. The exception would be if there is a threat of violence in that district.
All referrals to Basildon Council will be reviewed and contact made with the client within 5 working days.
If Basildon Council is satisfied that the client is eligible for help and are either threatened with homelessness within 56 days or homeless now, a homeless application will be triggered. If not the local authority will provide as much advice and assistance as they can.