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National Homeless Advice Service

Applying as homeless

This section looks at how advisers can assist young people who may need to ask their local authority for housing help.

Helping homeless 16 and 17 year old clients

A homeless 16- or 17-year-old who applies to a housing authority should be provided with interim accommodation under homelessness legislation. They should then be referred to children’s services for an assessment of their needs under the Children Act.

Helping young homeless clients in an emergency

Advisers can assist young people in making a homeless application and looking at emergency accommodation options.

Homeless applications to the local authority

Advisers can support a young person in making a homeless application.

Requesting a review of a homelessness decision

If a young person is not satisfied with a housing department’s decision on a homelessness application, they can appeal against the decision by requesting a review.

Dealing with intentional homelessness decisions

When a young person makes a homelessness application, the council can decide that they became intentionally homeless if they have deliberately done (or not done) something that caused them to lose their accommodation.

Young people and local connection

When a young person makes a homelessness application, the local authority can in some circumstances refer them to another authority.

Challenging unsuitable accommodation

Any accommodation provided for young homeless people aged 16 and 17 must be appropriate to their needs and wishes.Bed and breakfast accommodation will rarely be suitable for this age group.

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