If you are homeless, you are still entitled to claim benefits.
For information about claiming Universal Credit (UC) while you are homeless, click here.
If you do not have a bank account you should ask for your benefit payments to be paid through the Payment Exception Service. This service replaced the Simple Payment scheme. Any payment will be paid straight on to a card, a voucher or a text message. You then go to your nearest PayPoint outlet with the card, voucher or your phone to collect the money.
Contact your local JobCentre Plus or benefits office for more help and advice about the Payment Exception Service.
If you are in a crisis, you may be able to apply for some financial help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund to cover emergency expenses. Whether you will get anything depends on your circumstances and also the rules that apply in your council.
If your JSA or UC stops because of a benefit sanction, you might be able to apply for hardship payments to help you pay for essential things like food and heating. You will normally have to pay back any hardship payment.
Ring the free UC helpline on 0800 328 9344 to ask for a hardship payment.
You may also be able to get a budgeting loan or UC budgeting advance which you would have to pay back. For more information on cash in a crisis click here.