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Advice if you are homeless

Homelessness can often be avoided if you act quickly and get the right help.

You do not have to be living on the street to be homeless. You may be legally classed as homeless if you:

  • live in insecure conditions, such as staying with friends and family (sofa surfing)
  • live in inadequate or unfit housing
  • have a place to sleep but it’s temporary, such as a hostel or an institution

General advice

Local help

STEPS and Home Works can provide support if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, see:

You can also contact your district or borough council for help with homelessness: