Are you homeless after being released from prison?
You can seek assistance from the Housing Options team if you:
If any agencies are currently supporting you, for example, a prison, a youth offenders institute or a probation service, they should refer you to our service, with your permission, if they think you are homeless or threatened with homelessness. They can do this through the Duty to Refer.
You may be provided with temporary accommodation if you are considered priority need and you have nowhere else to stay.
We will assess whether we have reason to believe you are priority need, considering the following:
Your Housing Options Officer will make an assessment to consider whether you should be regarded as priority need during the Full Housing Assessment.
When assessing whether you would be considered vulnerable after leaving custody, we will consider:
The length of time spent incarcerated
Whether any support is being provided by a criminal justice agency, and any other agencies
Whether you are receiving any support from family and friends
How long it has been since you were released, and how successful you have been in accessing accommodation since release
Any further vulnerabilities, including mental health problems, drug and alcohol misuse and addiction, and any history of care
We will work with you to try to prevent and relieve your homelessness. Our advice and assistance may include:
Help with applying for Universal Credit and other benefits
Advice about joining the housing register
Help to apply to supported accommodation, including Mayday Trust
Assistance with looking for private rented properties
Referring to support agencies, for example, agencies specializing in mental health & drug and alcohol misuse, and financial support
After we have worked with you under the relief duty for 56 days, we will make a decision about whether we owe you a main duty. You will be owed the main duty if you are:
Not intentionally homeless
We will have to consider whether you have made yourself intentionally homeless if you lost your accommodation due to a period in custody.
If you think you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, please contact us as soon as possible.
Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP
Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-4:30
Are you a professional subject to the Duty to Refer?
If you are a professional working with a service user you consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness, you are able to refer them to us through the Duty to Refer.