Are you homeless or threatened with homelessness?
If you believe you are about to be made homeless, or you are already homeless, you need to know if you qualify for assistance. This will depend on your individual circumstances.
The Council's Housing Options Team operates a drop-in service for those that are homeless or threatened with homelessness. This operates Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and on Fridays from 9am to 4.30pm.
Other services are also available, please see Homelessness Prevention.
This service is suitable if you are at risk of being homeless, and living in the Daventry District. The service is free and open to the public, regardless of what type of accommodation you are currently in: tenants, homeowners, people sharing accommodation.
It is suggested that you seek advice as soon as you know you are going to be homeless - do not leave it to the last minute.
When seeking advice through Daventry District Council you will be given advice on what prevention methods or housing options would suit your situation, if applicable. In some cases you may need to apply as homeless.
The Housing Act 1996 Part VII sets out the legal duties a local authority should have for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
The authority has a responsibility to find you somewhere to live providing that you fully satisfy the following homelessness criteria:
- You are eligible
- You are homeless or threatened with homelessness
- You are classed as priority need
- You have not made yourself intentionally homeless
- You have a local connection
If you were to apply to the authority on homelessness grounds each of the above criteria will need to be fully satisfied. This would mean that the council will ask for information from you, failure to provide information requested may put your application at risk. The council will make enquires to other authorities or agencies to gain information.
A homelessness application will not be provided to you unless you attend the Housing Options drop-in service. Appointments are not required, however, please be aware that there may be a wait to see an officer.
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)
Extreme cold weather increases the risk of death or serious illness to people who sleep rough. The SWEP protocol sets out the arrangements that Daventry District Council will put into place to ensure that people who are sleeping rough in our District during extreme cold weather are not at risk.
UPDATE: 17 January 2019: The SWEP protocol has been activated in response to the freezing overnight temperatures.