Help if you are homeless or need support
What to do if you’re worried about being homeless
If you are homeless, or worried about becoming homeless, you should contact us as soon as you can. The earlier you contact us, the more we can do to help.
You can visit our housing advisors at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you become homeless after 6pm on a weekday or anytime over a weekend or bank holiday, you can call our emergency duty team on 01454 615 165.
If you need our help, contact our homeless prevention team or complete the contact form on the Housing Jigsaw website, and we’ll get in touch with you.
01934 426 330
If you are worried about a rough sleeper, you should contact StreetLink.
How we can help
We always want to prevent you becoming homeless in the first place. We can help you by:
- negotiating with your landlord/excluder
- giving you advice if you are having problems paying your rent
- helping if your landlord tries to illegally evict you
- referring you for supported housing if you are a young person who needs to leave home
Who we can help
We have a legal duty to give help and advice to all households that are homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days. Find out more about the Homelessness Reduction Act on the Gov.UK website.
If you are homeless, we will carry out a housing assessment to check if we have a legal duty to find you accommodation. Find out more about the homelessness code of guidance on the Gov.UK website.
When you contact us
If you’ve been threatened with homelessness within the next 56 days or you are already homeless you will be interviewed by someone in our homelessness prevention team.
We’ll carry out an assessment with you of your housing and support needs and the circumstances that led to you becoming homeless or at risk of homelessness.
We’ll use this assessment to develop a personalised housing plan which will set out steps that you, along with our help, can take to try and resolve your housing issue.
Our priority is to stop you from losing your current accommodation.
If this is not possible, and our assessment shows we have a duty to help you, we will help you find somewhere else to live.
Private rented housing
We usually help by finding alternative private rented housing. We work with private landlords to try and find a home for you. We may be able to offer you a deposit bond, for the landlord, if you would struggle to pay a cash deposit. Find out more about private renting.
If you are a young person or you are considered to be vulnerable, a referral can be made to one of the supported housing schemes in North Somerset.
HomeChoice North Somerset
You can use the HomeChoice website to join the housing register and bid on social housing. However, there is a long wait for social housing so if you need somewhere to live quickly you should look at other options such a private renting.
Temporary and Emergency accommodation
We might be able to provide emergency accommodation if you are homeless, but this is limited and is dependent on your circumstances and eligibility. A homeless prevention officer will make a decision based on your situation.
Specific housing advice
We’ve put some advice together for specific groups of people.
If you’re leaving care and are worried about your housing options, read our advice for care leavers.
Victims of domestic abuse
If you have been the victim of domestic abuse we can put you in touch with organisations that can help you. If you are concerned about your safety call 999 and speak to the police.
People being discharged from hospital
If you’re being discharged from hospital and are worried about your housing options, read our advice for people being discharged from hospital.
People who are LGBT+ and suffering from hate crime
If you are considering your housing options because of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime, read our advice for LGBT+ people.
People who are homeless and have mental health issues
If you or someone you know has a mental health issue and nowhere to live, read our housing advice for homeless people with mental health issues.
If you are in prison and are worried about your home, read our housing advice for prisoners.
If you are a former member of the regular armed forces, read our housing advice for veterans.