Vulnerability & Priority Need

Vulnerability & Priority Need: advising clients guide

Priority need is one of the tests which a homeless person needs to pass for the local authority to decide what help with housing they might be entitled to.

Are you a frontline adviser supporting single people in making a homeless application where there may be an issue about priority need? Then this guide will help you to understand what priority need is, why it's important and help you guide clients who are making a homeless application, as well as what to do if the local authority refuses to take a homeless application.

This guide may also be helpful to those who need to understand vulnerability and priority need in a housing context such as for the statutory Duty to Refer, or when providing medical reports or other evidence to support an individual's homeless application.

Download the Vulnerability & Priority Need guide here.

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