Will the Council provide me with temporary accommodation?
The council has a duty to advise and assist everyone who may be currently homeless, but this does not always mean that you will be provided with temporary accommodation. We will make an assessment of your current situation and circumstances and if you are considered to be in 'priority need' or if you are homeless as a result of an emergency then we may be able to provide accommodation for you on a temporary basis while we help you to resolve your homelessness.
What is priority need?
A person is in 'priority need' if, when homeless, they are less able to fend for themselves than an ordinary homeless person, so that injury or detriment will result when a less vulnerable person would be able to cope without harmful effects.
For example, priority need would apply to a household with dependent children under the age of 16 or in full time education under the age of 19 years. We would ask you a series of questions that would help us to determine whether the Council has a duty to organise temporary accommodation for you and we may ask you to provide further evidence or information.
What is an emergency?
We consider flood, fire, or other disaster to be an emergency.
What and where is temporary accommodation?
Temporary accommodation is somewhere to live for a short time while you look for permanent accommodation. It could be in a hostel, hotel or refuge. Access to temporary accommodation is very limited within the Harborough district and may only be available outside of the district. The Council will try to find the most suitable accommodation for your needs but due to high demand this may not always be possible.
Will I have to pay for temporary accommodation?
Yes, like all accommodation there is a charge for temporary accommodation. If you have a low income we will assist you in applying for Housing Benefit toward the cost of your accommodation. If you are not eligible for Housing Benefit you will be expected to pay the full cost of the accommodation provided.
If you are placed in a self-contained property (not a hotel or hostel) then you may be on a license agreement which means that you are liable for costs such as rent, service charge or utilities. It is important that you pay your accommodation charges on a regular basis as any arrears that build up may affect your application for housing. Always let the Housing Team know if you are struggling with your finances when in temporary accommodation.