There are lots of different options, which each have pros and cons. If you have children or are pregnant, you need to think carefully about what sort of place you need, and what you can realistically afford.
If you’ve nowhere to stay and need somewhere immediately, don’t panic. Check out your emergency options or call our helpline.
If you are homeless or in danger of losing your home in the next 56 days you should apply as homeless to your local council housing department as soon as you can. The council might have a duty to help you keep your current home, or perhaps help you to find somewhere else more suitable. Most parents and pregnant women are in priority need, so usually the council should offer you emergency housing whilst they are helping you.
If you fall into one of the priority need categories and the council do not consider you to be intentionally homeless, they will probably have to find you a home under the duty to secure accommodation.
If the council says that you made yourself homeless intentionally, get advice immediately. An adviser might be able to help you challenge the decision.
In some circumstances, where your household includes children or young people, the council may also have a duty to secure accommodation even if they have decided that you are intentionally homeless.
As a young parent you may also be entitled to help from social services, which could include accommodation.