There are many reasons as to why, debt,relationship breakdown, domestic violence are just a few and for me the shock two and a half years on is still controlling my life as I attempt to get back on track.
ADVICE is varied depending on who you speak to and their interpretation of your situation, and it is wholly dependent on your personal circumstances, which takes into account your general health and to some degree mental health and whether you have friends and family who can take you in.
is a good start as they specialise in housing, however they are a charitable organisation who depend on funding, and will help if they have a good chance of winning, if not they will attend court and if that fails they will close your case.
That can be a bit of a shocker, as there is no after support just leaflets and advice to go Citizens Advice Bureau your local council or night shelter if your town has one.
freephone 0808 8004444
The type of help available to you is dependent on several factors and given priority for:
Domestic violence/Pregnancy/ you have children/ unlawful eviction/ your home is at risk/loss of gas/water/ electricity/uninhabitable/vulnerable
You will be eligible for temporary housing/domestic violence refuge, temporary housing can mean staying in a hotel a whole family in one room sometimes for months on end as in the UK there is a severe housing shortage
You will not be a priority if you have made yourself intentionally homeless and by this they mean you have been evicted/repossession and you must actually be on the street before the council(my local council) will refer you to a Night Shelter (if your town has one) and that depends on whether they have the space, otherwise you told to go to family and friends and here’s the twist by doing this you are no longer homeless as you have somewhere to sleep.
Not everybody who is homeless lives on the streets
There is assistance out there but you must fit into the criteria, which in my case I don’t, I am signed on to one charitable agency, but will have to wait the longest, because I’m not drug or alcohol dependent/recently been released from prison/I don’t have sever mental health issues/(depression notwithstanding) I am diabetic but only type 2 meaning I don’t have to use insulin in which I would need a fridge to store my medication.
Although I freelance for work I cannot claim any benefits as I don’t have a permanent address, most landlords will not accept you as a tenant if you’re in receipt of benefits, because they deem you unsuitable!!.
I dare not tell them I’ve been flat sitting recently as that puts me further down the list I’ve exhausted most reasonable alternatives but will always have to back to the local council to plead my case, so with homelessness as I will chronicle over the next few weeks your always between a rock and a hard place.