If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness we can help you:
- Keep your existing home
- Explore your housing options
- Provide advice and guidance on the council’s statutory homeless duty.
In order to do this we have to look at the following five homeless tests:
1. Are you eligible?
Not everyone who is homeless is eligible for help with their housing. The law says that certain people from abroad are not eligible for housing assistance. However, you are likely to be eligible if you are:
- a British Citizen
- a national of the European Economic Area (EEA)
- or a settled person
If you can't get benefits, are subject to immigration control or are an asylum seeker it is unlikely that you will be eligible.
2. Are you homeless?
Broadly speaking you may be homeless if you:
- have nowhere to stay tonight
- have been staying somewhere where you have no legal right to stay and you are being told to leave
- have been locked out of your home and been told not to return
- have somewhere to live but are likely to face violence if you return
- are forced to live apart from someone you would normally live with (or someone it is considered reasonable for you to live with)
- are forced to leave your home because of harassment
- live in a mobile home, caravan or boat but are unable to park or moor it where you can live.
Normally you would only be considered as homeless if you were going to lose your home in the next 28 days, but if the housing options team get involved earlier they may be able to prevent you from becoming homeless.
3. Are you in priority need?
To be considered a priority need you must be one of the following:
- a household with dependent children
- a pregnant woman
- 16 or 17 years old (Please contact the Young Persons Team)
- 18 to 21 years old but you've been looked after, accommodated or fostered between the ages of 16 and 18
- vulnerable due to old age, mental or physical illness or disability, suffering domestic violence or as a result of being in the armed forces or prison or you are over 21 years and were looked after, accommodated or fostered
- suffered a fire, flood or another disaster which means you are not able to remain in your home
4. Have you made yourself homeless?
You may be considered to have made yourself homeless if you:
- deliberately gave up your home when it would have been reasonable for you to remain
- deliberately did or didn't do something which you knew would mean losing your home, for example, not paying your rent or committing antisocial behaviour
- made arrangements to stay somewhere you had no legal right to with the intention of claiming to be homeless
- had legal or financial advice or assistance to help you find somewhere else suitable for you to live and you didn't act on it
If you are found to be intentionally homeless, the council may not have a duty to find you somewhere to live and may only provide you advice on the options you have.You will need to take the following information with you:
5. Do you have a local connection to Wolverhampton?
You will need to have a local connection to Wolverhampton, so you will need to be able to show one or more of the following:
- you have lived in Wolverhampton for six months out of the last 12 months or three years out of the last five years
- have a permanent job in Wolverhampton
- have close family in Wolverhampton (parents, brother, sister, grown up children) that have been living here for more than five years
If you have no local connection to Wolverhampton but you satisfy some of the other criteria and a full housing duty is owed to you, you will be referred to a council where you do have a local connection (unless you are at risk of violence in that area).
If you can answer yes to the five homeless tests
If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness you can contact us in one of the following ways:
Online: Using our contact form
Visit us: Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Wolverhampton Homes One Stop Shops, located in:
- City centre: 29 Market Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AG
- Wednesfield: Alfred Squire Road, Wolverhampton, WV11 1XU
- Bilston: Church Street, Bilston, WV14 0AP
In an emergency out of office hours: you can call 01902 552999.
If a homeless assessment is required you will be offered a date, time and convenient location to meet with a member of the team. We would ask that you provide the following information for all members of the household where appropriate:-
- ID (passport, driving licence, birth certificate)
- Proof of your national insurance number (and proof of the national insurance number of any children you have who are aged 16 and over)
- All income details (wage slips, benefit entitlement letters, child/working tax information, child benefit)
- Recent bank statements
In addition to the above information, you should bring the following with you (if relevant to your situation):
- Medical evidence (occupational therapy reports, consultant or doctors letters)
- Eviction notice and/or possession order
- For non-British citizens you will need to provide any documents that relate to your eligibility status (as mentioned above)
- Any other information that is relevant to your homelessness
You may need to provide other information to help the assessment of your need, this will be made clear to you.