7. Temporary accommodation
If you become homeless, we will assess if you are in priority need. This legal test determines whether you are considered to be significantly more vulnerable than the average person. If you are not deemed to be in priority need, there is no legal duty to provide you with temporary accommodation but we will try and help you arrange your own accommodation as quickly as we can.
If we believe you are in priority need we will offer you a temporary accommodation placement. This may be in our homeless hostel, a refuge if you are fleeing violence or a Bed and Breakfast. We try to offer temporary accommodation within the district if it is safe to do so but sometimes we are unable to do this and you may be placed in a neighbouring area.
You will have to pay rent for your accommodation. You may get help with these costs through Housing Benefit. There are rules at each of the temporary accommodations. You must adhere to these rules or your placement may be ended.