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If you find yourself homeless and on the streets the following services will assist you in seeking help.
Call Shelter’s free advice helpline on 0808 800 4444 (8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends, 365 days a year)
Find out on Shelter’s website about the different types of emergency temporary housing you can get if you're homeless and on the streets.
Specialist help from Shelter is available if you're:
Temporary housing - how to get referred
To get a place in most hostels and night shelters you'll need to be referred. This usually means someone will need to call them on your behalf and ask if they have any free spaces. However a few hostels and night shelters will let you call them yourself or turn up in person. This is sometimes called self-referral or direct access.
Homeless Link lists hostels and night shelters where you can call them up yourself or turn up in person.
The Benjamin Foundation and Empanda offers accommodation for young people under 25, you are able to make a direct referral yourself or speak to the Housing Options team on 01263 516375 (emergency out of hours call 01223 849700) for further advice.
If you're a woman fleeing domestic violence call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.
If you're on the streets and need practical help
Shelter offer practical help with your everyday needs while on the streets, including where to get the following:
- free food
- free showers, laundry and advice
- get healthcare when homeless
- claim benefits
- store your things
- if you have a dog
Registering with a doctor
The NHS leaflet how to register with a doctor (GP) contains advice and guidance on registering with a doctor.
If you are faced with sleeping rough in North Norfolk, there are services that can support you. Please contact the Housing Options team so that we can discuss the most suitable option with you, and make appropriate referrals.
If you are concerned for someone sleeping rough then call Streetlink on 0300 500 0914.