Homelessness

Are You Homeless?

By law you are homeless if you do not have a home here or abroad in which you have a legal right to live.

You are also homeless if you have a home but it is not reasonable for you to continue living in it.

Do You Have a Priority Need?

You may have a priority need for housing if any of the following apply to you or to a member of your household:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are 16 or 17 years old
  • Someone in your household is under 18 years of age (or under 19 if they are in full-time secondary education)
  • You are 18 to 21 years of age and as a child you were placed in social services care
  • You are homeless in an emergency, for example fire or flood
  • You are aged 60 or older
  • You have a mental illness or disability which makes you vulnerable
  • You have a physical disability which makes you vulnerable
  • When you were a child you were placed in the care of a local authority, a health authority, foster parents, a children's home, or a care home and this has made you vulnerable
  • You have been in this country's armed forces and this has made you vulnerable
  • You have been in prison or remanded in custody and this has made you vulnerable
  • You have left your home because of domestic abuse; and/or
  • You are vulnerable for another special reason.

To be vulnerable means you cannot fend for yourself so that you will suffer injury or harm where a less vulnerable person would not.

Are You Eligible for Assistance?

Being eligible for assistance means you are entitled to help with housing if you need it.

Although most UK residents are entitled to such help, some people from abroad are not.

You might NOT be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • You are a visitor to this country
  • You are a student from another country or a sponsored immigrant
  • You are an illegal immigrant
  • You are seeking asylum
  • You claimed asylum but the Home Office refused to give you asylum
  • You are not ‘habitually resident' in the UK or Ireland; and or
  • The Home Secretary has said you no longer have a right to stay in the UK

For more advice on asylum and immigration please visit this website Home Office UK Border Agency or the housing-rights.info. Alternatively you can get advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

If you consider yourself or someone else as being homeless or that you might become homeless, please contact our agent Fortis Living on 01684 579579 as soon as possible so that they can try to prevent you from losing your home.

Have You Become Intentionally Homelessness?

You may be intentionally homeless if you lost your home as a result of something you have deliberately done, or deliberately failed to do.

It is impossible to list all the ways you could become homeless intentionally. However, one of the most common is if you are evicted from your home because you did not pay your rent when you could have.

Another is if you give up your home when it is reasonable for you to continue living there.

Do You Have a Local Connection?

If you are unintentionally homeless, eligible for assistance and have a priority need for housing we must either help you to find you a suitable home OR if you are not connected to the Malvern Hills district, refer you to a local authority you are connected to.

You have a local connection to the Malvern Hills district if any of the following apply:

  • You have lived here for at least six out of the last twelve months, or three out of the last five years;
  • You have a close relative (parent, child, brother or sister) who has lived in the Malvern Hills district for the past five years; and/or
  • You have a permanent job in the Malvern Hills district.

You may also qualify for help if:

  • You are connected to the Malvern Hills district for some other special reason;
  • You have a local connection with another area, but someone in your application might experience domestic violence if they return there; and/or
  • You are not connected to any local authority in this country. For example you have recently come here from abroad.

Help a Rough Sleeper

Tonight someone will sleep rough for the first time.

Help us make sure they don't spend a second night out by emailing us what you know about who they are and their location: Housingenquiry@malvernhills.gov.uk

Or you can contact the Worcestershire Homelessness Intervention Team (WHIT) via the WHIT website.

Useful Links

Shelter - The Homelessness charity that runs a housing helpline, has a network of housing aid centres, and works with local citizens advice bureaux.

The YMCA - is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world.

Money Advice Service - An independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money, giving free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.

How to Help

Tonight someone will sleep rough for the first time.

Help us make sure they don't spend a second night out by emailing us what you know about who they are and their location: housingenquiry@malvernhills.gov.uk, or contact Street Link on 0300 500 0914.