If you become homeless, or are worried you are going to be homeless soon, you should contact the Council’s Housing Options Team which will help you find accommodation.
You can visit the Housing Options Team at its city centre office and you don’t need an appointment.
Merrion House City Centre Hub, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BB
Advice is also available at local council Community Hubs and One Stop Centres. You can find your local Community Hub or One Stop Centre on the Leeds City Council website.
When you go to Housing Options you must ask for a Homelessness Assessment. If you are a refugee, you can get support from a specialist Refugee Resettlement worker.
The council will ask you about your housing and support needs, and who usually lives with you (your partner, your children or anyone else you care for).
They will ask you about the kind of place you want to live (size and location), how much you can afford, and any special needs you have, for example with your disability or health.
The council will then give you a personal housing plan. The plan will help you to find somewhere else to live.
The council will offer you help for:
- up to 8 weeks if you’re threatened with homelessness
- an extra 8 weeks if you become homeless
Leeds Housing Options will tell you whether they can help you within 33 days. However, while it is making its decision, it can provide you with temporary accommodation.
You can request an interpreter when you visit Leeds Housing Options. Housing Options will contact the Leeds City Council Interpreting service and a telephone interpreter can be provided to help you immediately.
If the council assess you as being homeless and in priority need, you may get emergency accommodation.
Longer term accommodation
If you are still homeless after 8 weeks, the council will decide if you qualify for longer-term housing.
You will only quality if you:
- fall into a priority need group
- are homeless through no fault of your own
If you qualify, you may have to stay in temporary accommodation until longer-term housing is available.
If you have just received your Leave to Remain and got refugee status, you can find out more about housing and homelessness on the Transition Guide website.