If you need to find somewhere to stay quickly, you could consider:
Staying with friends or relatives
If it is possible, and safe, for you to stay with friends or relatives this is probably the best option. It will give you more time to look for longer term accommodation. Click here to find out more.
If you need a place immediately, the council’s housing department may have to help you – you don’t have to be sleeping on the street to get help. You should contact the council and ask to apply as homeless. This is not the same as going on the waiting list.
The council might have a duty to help you keep your current home, or perhaps help you to find somewhere else more suitable. In Wales, if you are :
- aged 16 or 17
- aged 18 – 20 and at particular risk
- aged 18 – 20 and been in care at any time while you were a child
- over 21 and vulnerable as a result of some special reason (for example you have been in care and do not have anywhere else to go for support)
you are in priority need, so the council should offer you emergency housing whilst they are deciding what other help to give you.
You can find your local council here and watch our YouTube video here.
If you are homeless and :
- aged under 18
- a care leaver under the age of 21, or, under 24 and in continuing further education
- have a physical or mental illness or disability
social services should help you find immediate accommodation.
If you are entitled to help from both housing and social services departments, they should work together to provide whatever help you need. For example, social services can ask the housing department to house you. They are not allowed just to tell you that they can’t help you and send you to the other department. If this happens, get advice immediately.
A hostel or nightshelter
If you need a place for the night, you may be able to stay in an emergency hostel or nightshelter. They are usually run by housing associations, charities, or the local council.
For more information on these solutions, check out our pages on emergency accommodation.