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10. Will I get temporary accommodation?

Once we have interviewed you, we may need further information to determine if we can offer you temporary accommodation. If you have not contacted us before you are released from prison, this may mean you will have to wait at our offices whilst inquiries are made.

We will have to have reason to believe you are:

  • eligible for assistance - this means have a right to work and stay in the UK
  • homeless - you have no accommodation you can access in the UK or abroad
  • in priority need – you are significantly more vulnerable than the average person

Priority need is a legal test. You can find more information on Priority Need and the homeless process.

If we assess that there is a duty to offer you temporary accommodation, you are likely to be offered Bed & Breakfast style or shared accommodation on a short term basis whilst you application is assessed. Sometimes this may be outside of the area you want to live in but this may be our only option to offer you something for that day.

What to bring

You will be asked to provide documents and information to support your application.

These will include:

  • Proof of ID
  • proof of National Insurance Number
  • your last 5 year address history
  • proof of any medical conditions and medication you may be on

You may be asked to provide further documents later.

Your Housing Officer will assess if there is a legal duty to provide you temporary accommodation. If there is no duty, they will issue this decision in writing to you and you may submit a review of this decision. We will still try to help you find accommodation in the longer term and you will be given a Personalised Housing Plan with actions for you to take.