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Cost of living support

Advice and support to help manage the rising cost of living.

Housing Options and homelessness frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Before contacting the Housing Options team, you may find it useful to look here for answers to some of your questions.


I am homeless or worried about becoming homeless

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you should contact our Housing Options Team as soon as possible.

I want to apply for a housing association or Council house

Check if you are eligible, find out how to apply and search for available council and housing association homes.

I am looking for private rented accommodation

Most privately rented accommodation is let through letting agents and there are many across the District and surrounding areas.

I am looking for supported housing

There are several supported housing projects in the district which you can be referred to.

I am looking for short-term accommodation

Council temporary accommodation may be an option for particularly vulnerable people who we have a duty to accommodate when homeless.

I would like advice on maximising my income and paying for housing costs

You should complete a budget detailing your income and expenditure. The Housing Options Team can refer you to Citizens Advice for a financial health check. You may also use websites with a budget planner such as the Money Helper Service. These services offer free, impartial money advice.

I would like information on the help available from support services and charities

If you are in a difficult situation we recognise that it may have a huge impact in many areas of your life. It is important to be able to access all of the support available to you during these difficult times.

I am looking for information about the Sanctuary Scheme

To be eligible for the Scheme a victim/ survivor will be asked to work with us to prevent homelessness as a result of the risk to them.