Making a homeless application

The following steps are used in assessing an application.

STEP ONE -  The council must determine whether someone is eligible for assistance.  Someone who is normally not eligible for assistance with housing is a person who is subject to immigration control.

STEP TWO - If you are eligible for assistance the Council will need to establish if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness (within the next 28 days).  Do you have accommodation which is available to you or your family? If you do have some form of accommodation, it may not be reasonable for you to continue to occupy it.  For example, if there is a threat of domestic violence.  The council will investigate these circumstances.

STEP THREE - The council must then establish whether you have a priority need for accommodation.  You are in priority need if one of the following applies to you or a member of your household.

  • you are pregnant.
  • you have dependent children that you have permanent care for.
  • you are vulnerable because of old age, mental illness or handicap, physical disability as a result of Social Services involvement, being in the armed forces or prison, domestic or other violence or other special reason.
  • you are homeless or threatened with homelessness due to an emergency such as flood or fire.
  • you are aged 16 or 17 and not the responsibility of Adult or Children Services.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, eligible for assistance in priority need, the council must then decide whether you are intentionally homeless.  The council will consider whether you have deliberately done something or failed to do something which has caused the loss of your accommodation.  The council will also investigate circumstances where you have refused to take up a reasonable offer of accommodation available to you.  Acts or omissions in good faith will not be regarded as deliberate.

If you are found to be intentionally homeless, the council will only provide temporary accommodation for a short period so that you can find your own accommodation.

STEP FOUR - The Council will need to establish whether you have a local connection.  This exists if :

  • you are normally resident in the area and that residence was of your own choice (e.g. 6 out of the last 12 months or 3 out of the last 5 years.
  • you are employed in the area.
  • you have close family who have lived in Test Valley area for the last 5 years.
  • there are other special circumstances which result in a local connection.

If you do not have a connection with this council, but do with another, your case may be referred to them.

What happens if I meet all of the criteria?

If you meet all of the steps above then the council has a duty to secure accommodation.  To fulfil this duty, the council will secure one of the following types of accommodation:

  • hostel accommodation.
  • registered provider managed property
  • registered provider owned property
  • bed and breakfast.

Please note it is not always possible to secure interim accommodation in Test Valley.

If you require any further information or advice, please contact:

The Housing Options Team
Telephone: 01264 368000