Prisoners

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2. Keeping your home whilst in prison

If you had accommodation before going into custody, you should try to keep it, if possible, while you're in custody. Having a stable home to return to can be important if you are on a short sentence or on remand, as you could be released back into the community straight from the court.

If you are on remand, you can claim Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit Housing Element, for up to 52 weeks if you are likely to return home in a year or less.

If you have been sentenced, you can claim Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit Housing Element, for up to 13 weeks if you are being released within 13 weeks. 

It's not always practical to keep your home, especially if you are serving a long sentence and keeping your home might lead to a large debt, eviction whilst you are in prison and losing your belongings. Contact your Resettlement Officer or Catch 22 if you want further advice on these options. They may be able to arrange a time for your local council’s Housing Options Team to call you to help you claim benefits or give you further advice on what help is available to help you keep your home.