If your asylum claim was successful
You are a refugee and will have many of the same rights as British citizens.
Asylum support accommodation usually ends 28 days after the Home Office grants your refugee status, so it important that you find somewhere to live.
As a refugee you have the right to apply to the council for help if you become homeless and for council housing. Your rights depend on what status you have been given (ie refugee status, indefinite leave to remain, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain). If the council refuse to help you, ring the Shelter Cymru helpline for urgent advice.
For help to pay the rent, you need to apply for housing benefit or, in some areas, universal credit. You must apply for a National Insurance number before you can claim benefits.
Some charities run schemes to help homeless people find a private tenancy or a room in a shared house. Search for a project in your area using the Help to Rent database run by Crisis.
If you decide to rent from a private landlord, they will usually ask for a deposit and rent in advance before they will offer you a tenancy. Ask the council if they can help with this.
You might get help through a:
You may also get help with food, clothing and heating from the Discretionary Assistance Fund.
If your asylum claim was refused
You are a refused asylum seeker – your asylum support will end and you have very limited options. Seek specialist advice as soon as possible. The Housing Rights website has some useful advice if you are in this situation.
Depending on where you are in Wales, you might be able to get help from a member of NACCOM (The No Accommodation Network).
The No Recourse to Public Funds Network has an online tool to help you work out if there is any help available to you. Click here to start the tool (you might need an adviser to help you do this).