If you've just become homeless, or feel that there is a risk of that happening, it's important to get the right advice as soon as possible. There is a range of support available, depending on your situation.
Leeds Housing Options will be able to give you the best advice for your individual circumstances. They can help in lots of different ways to either prevent you from becoming homeless or assist you with moving into a new property.
.In order to apply for homelessness assistance from Leeds City Council you will need to take part in a housing needs assessment (*). There are different ways to be assessed:
* Homelessness assessment revolves around the 5 tests of homelessness. These tests decide whether or not the council has a legal duty to rehouse you. Even if there is no legal duty the council will always provide extensive advice and assistance to resolve your housing need. Once the assessment is complete, the council can assist you with either staying in your current property or moving on into social or privately rented housing. If you are in urgent need, you may qualify for temporary accommodation but not before all other options have been explored.
There is more official information on homelessness from Leeds council, or you can contact Shelter for advice on 0808 800 4444.
There are a number of organisations in Leeds dedicated to helping people who are experiencing homelessness. You can find all local services available to support you through the Find Help section. Here are some of the organisations in the city who can give you advice on what options are available to you:
You can alert Street Outreach who will visit the person and signpost them to accommodation and support services. They can be contacted on 0113 245 9445.