At risk of becoming homeless
Homelessness is often preventable, but only if early action is taken before the situation gets worse. We are committed to helping you keep your home or to help you find safe and secure accommodation. We want to provide you with practical solutions to prevent homelessness and to take action before your housing need turns in to a crisis.
It's important that you let the Council know as soon as possible if you think you're going to become homeless and you are unable to secure your own accommodation. If you tell us early this will help us prevent you from becoming homeless and enable you to take up any housing options that might be offered. There are often actions you can take to avoid losing your home or you can be signposted for help - free good advice and support is available and can really make a difference!
The Housing Options Team can provide you with information on a number of services available to you, dependent on your circumstances. These include:
- Seeking and securing accommodation in the private rented sector, including applying for Housing Benefit and the Local Housing Allowance rates applicable for your family size within the Wychavon area.
- Practical advice for private tenants particularly those whose tenancies are at risk of ending as well as advice for tenants of social landlords who may be at risk of losing their homes, or have had a notice of seeking possession.
- Referral to agencies that can assist with debt advice. If you're finding it difficult to keep up your rent payments which could result in you losing your home, we can signpost you for advice and assistance.
- Help in completing a Home Choice Plus application form where necessary, in order to join the Home Choice Plus scheme. We can provide an indication of your prospects of being re-housed by the scheme. Please note joining the Home Choice Plus is not a quick route to securing social housing accommodation, as the demand for housing far outstrips the availability. There are around 2,700 people on our register, with about 500 properties per year becoming available.
- Low cost home ownership - options for households who cannot afford to buy outright to part buy a percentage of a property and pay rent. There are a variety of schemes available under the name of ‘Help to Buy' - Shared Ownership.
- Referral to other agencies who may be able to assist with accommodation if support is needed e.g. for those with a mental health problem who need support
- The Housing Options Team may be able to assist with a rent deposit/bond to secure private rented accommodation.
- Advice and information if you are a victim of domestic violence including referrals to Domestic Violence Outreach Services, who can provide Counselling, advice, victim support and information regarding the Sanctuary scheme.
- If you are currently unemployed or looking for training opportunities, you may wish to look at our new enhanced housing options service.
Where the Council cannot prevent your homelessness and we have reason to believe you are homeless or threatened with homelessness your case will be assessed under homelessness legislation.
We understand this may be a difficult time for you and will do what we can to help you.Hostel numbers include:
- Birmingham City Mission - 0121 6436182
- St Pauls Worcester - 01905 723729
- YMCA Worcester - 01905 423197
If you wish you may contact these numbers daily to see if they have vacancies.
If you are a woman fleeing violence you can contact:
- Womens Aid - 01905 613875
- Help Line - 0800 980 3331
Out of hours:
If you find that you are homeless out of normal working hours, 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday, or on a weekend, you will need to contact:
Worcestershire Telecare Out of Hours - 01562 733180