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Stockton Council may be able to assist you if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  The Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service aim to prevent people becoming homeless by providing advice and assistance to help them find a solution to their housing problem.

What does the Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service do?

  • Try to assist you to keep your existing accommodation,
  • Help you explore your housing options,
  • Give advice on the council's statutory duties,
  • Provide temporary accommodation to those who meet qualifying criteria.

What services can Homelessness and Housing Solutions offer?

The Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service offer a wide range of services to help people who are homeless or likely to become homeless. Where possible, we aim to make sure nobody actually becomes homeless. We do this by providing advice at an early stage about what legal rights you may have to property, solutions to resolve a threat of homelessness and any housing options available to you.

Who can the Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service help?

We are able to provide advice to anybody who approaches the service. In some cases, we will give you information about other specialist agencies that may be better able to help you.

Preventing homelessness

Our aim is to prevent homelessness whenever possible and we will help you to keep your current accommodation, if appropriate, whenever we can.  Some of the ways we can help are listed below but not limited to:

  • If you rent your current accommodation, we can advise you on negotiating with your landlord to delay or to stop you becoming homeless,
  • Referral for benefit advice to maximise your income,
  • We can refer you to other agencies for advice and support,
  • Help and advice with paying your mortgage,
  • Offering advice and assistance if you are affected by domestic violence,
  • Referral to tenancy support services,
  • Referral to supported housing schemes,
  • Help to find accommodation in the private sector - Please do not make any financial commitments without prior agreement with an officer from Stockton’s housing team. If the service does not agree that the property is acceptable for you to move into, any potential offer of financial assistance will not be honoured. Therefore do not pay any fees until you have agreement from your officer.

Are you homeless or at risk of losing your home? 

Being homeless doesn't just mean you have nowhere to live, you can be homeless if:

  • You have accommodation but you cannot return to it because you, or a member of your family would be at risk of violence,
  • You have accommodation but have been restricted entry by your landlord or other persons,
  • You have accommodation but it is unreasonable for you to continue to live there,
  • Your accommodation is a movable structure, for example a houseboat or a caravan and you have nowhere to put it legally.

What we will do when you contact us?

Losing your accommodation can be a difficult time but most people do find somewhere else to live. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to find a new home.

We will ask you questions about your present position and give you some initial advice. If we think there is a real risk of you losing your accommodation or are presenting as homeless your officer will find out more about your circumstances. Our main aim is to help you to stay in your current accommodation, but if this is not possible (for example if you are suffering or at risk from domestic violence) we will give you advice and help to find you somewhere else to live. We may put you in touch with other agencies for them to help you.

What if I am homeless today?

Some applicants will qualify for emergency accommodation. We will only arrange this if we have reason to believe that you may:

  • Be homeless,
  • Be eligible for assistance,
  • Have a priority need.

Will the Council have to house me if I am found to be homeless?

We do not have to find housing for everyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness. The duty owed by us depends on the following set of legal tests. These are whether the applicant:

  • Is actually homeless,
  • Is eligible for assistance,
  • Falls within one of the priority need categories,
  • Did not make themselves intentionally homeless,
  • Has a local connection with the Council where the application is made.

What to do if you are homeless

  • If you are homeless or you are worried about becoming homeless you should contact us as soon as possible.

 

Contact us

You can visit us at:

Stockton Central Library and Customer Service Centre
Church Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1TX

Email us: Housing.options@stockton.gov.uk

Telephone: 01642 528389

Or write to us: 

Homelessness and Housing Solutions
16 Church Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1TX

Opening Times:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30am to 4pm

Wednesday: 11.15am to 4pm

Friday: 11.15am to 3.30pm

If you are homeless in an emergency outside these times you can telephone the Emergency Duty Team 0870 240 2994.