We are regularly contacted by a wide variety of people concerned about their housing. The advice and support available depends on individual circumstances but can be anything from one off advice to being accommodated in emergency housing, while we assist to find longer term accommodation.
People become homeless for lots of reasons and often through no fault of their own. People who are sleeping rough actually make up a very small number of the people we see. If you are at risk of losing your home, the earlier you talk to us, the better chance we have of being able to help you.
Types of Homelessness
We deal with enquiries from people who are in danger of becoming homeless. These are people who find themselves in the following situations;
- Have been given notice by Private Landlord
- Have been given notice by Social Landlord
- Are suffering Domestic Abuse in their home
- Are being evicted by parents
- Have come out of prison/hospital
- Are in mortgage arrears or have lost job and are struggling to pay for their accommodation
In certain circumstances we may need to offer emergency accommodation while we carry out enquiries into homelessness and consider if we have a duty to help secure longer term accommodation.
The term ‘Hidden Homeless’ includes people who become homeless but find their own solutions to their homelessness. This can include staying with family or friends (sofa surfing), living in squats or other unsuitable accommodation.
People in these situations are hidden from official statistics and polls. They too are often extremely vulnerable and may have slept rough at some time.
- Your landlord has asked you to leave
- Join the housing waiting list through Devon Home Choice
- Emergency and Temporary Accommodation
- I need a housing inspection to ensure my home is safe
- Renting a home
- Advice for landlords
- Advice for homeowners
- Refugees statement
- Moving home
- Finding a home
- Upload your documents to Housing Options
- Houses in multiple occupation
- Energy efficiency