Find out if you eligible for support from the Council if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
The homelessness legislation changed with the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA 2017) on 3rd April 2018. The Act intended to ensure that prevention took priority over support at the point of crisis.
Get in touch
If you are threatened with homelessness or about to become homeless, contact Housing Options Team on 01263 513811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible.
We will do everything we can to prevent you from becoming homeless or help you find housing which meets your needs.
How can we help
The team can support you if you are homeless or likely to lose your home soon. If you are eligible, you can make a homeless application. It means that you are telling us you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and need assistance. By law, you must be allowed to make this application on the day you contact the Council.
What we need from you
You will need to be able to prove that you are eligible for help by:
- providing proof of citizenship or immigration status
- And are homeless or at risk of homelessness
That may include either of the following:
- a section 21 Notice (if you are privately renting)
- a letter confirming your circumstances
If you are homeless and do not have a connection to North Norfolk
We may refer your application to another authority unless you flee another area due to domestic abuse or violence.
Assessing your needs and creating your Personal Housing Plan
If you are eligible for help, we will assess your needs and discuss your options with you. We will work with you to create your own Personal Housing Plan. This plan will address the steps needed to see to your housing needs.
Our duty to prevent homelessness
North Norfolk District Council will advise and assist people about to become homeless within 56 days. If you are eligible for assistance and at risk of losing your home, we will try to prevent your homelessness by helping you to:
- remain in your current accommodation
- find somewhere else suitable for you and your household
Under the law and as part of our prevention duty, all applicants must work and engage with the Council as we take steps to prevent their homelessness together.
Our duty to relieve homelessness
The Council can offer you emergency accommodation while we continue working with you to find alternative accommodation suitable for you and your household. If you are one of the following:
- already homeless and considered eligible
- we cannot prevent your eviction from your current accommodation
And you are classed as one of the following:
- vulnerable person
- a person with a priority need
Under the new Act and as part of our effort to find you alternative accommodation, all applicants will be required to work and engage with the Council to end their homelessness.
The main housing duty
Suppose we have been unsuccessful in finding suitable accommodation after 56 days. In that case, this duty will end, and the Council will decide if you are owed the main housing duty.
If we assess after 56 days that you are:
- eligible for assistance
- in priority need
- did not become homeless intentionally
The Council will be under a duty to find you a long-term alternative, suitable accommodation. An offer of suitable accommodation can be in the private sector or social housing.
If the Council says it cannot help you
You can challenge the Council's decision. If you think the Council's decision is wrong, contact an independent local advice centre such as the Citizens Advice Bureau as soon as possible.