If you are reading this page it is probably because you are homeless or know someone who is in danger of becoming homeless.
If your homelessness cannot be prevented we must carry out an interview to determine what level of assistance we have a duty to provide to you.
You must have a local connection to South Derbyshire.(Note: local connection rules do not apply if you are fleeing any form of violence, harassment or threats of violence. If you're not sure, ask).
You will be given an appointment to discuss your circumstances with a homelessness officer who will assess the following;
We will need proof of dependent children living with you or proof of pregnancy if you are pregnant. If you have any of the following you should bring them with you:
Please note that these are the main documents of proof but we may ask for more specific documents depending on the situation.
During this interview a homeless declaration may be completed and all relevant documents photocopied.
We are likely to need to contact other agencies such as your landlord, mortgage company, police, medical professionals as part of our enquiries. We will need your consent to do these checks.
All applicants will be asked to complete a housing application form for re-housing.
There are a number of steps which determine our duty to assist you. These are outlined in the leaflet 'Your Homeless Declaration – What Happens Next?' which is available for download at the bottom of this page.
We aim to make a decision based upon investigations around your circumstances within 33 days after the date of the declaration and we will send you a letter advising you of the outcome and a leaflet telling you how to request a review of that decision if you disagree with our findings.
We will use the following guidelines when we assess your application:
In some circumstances, we may help you find temporary accommodation whilst a decision is being made or a property located. Temporary accommodation may be in a hostel, refuge, bed and breakfast or other accommodation.
The costs vary between providers and on the amount of support or services included. In most temporary accommodation you will be required to contribute or pay the costs. Housing Benefit can help with much of the cost if you are on benefits or a low income.
You will also find legal guidance on homelessness attached to this page.
If you disagree with the decision and how it was reached, or you think we have not considered something which you believe we should have taken into account, then under certain circumstances, you have the right to ask us to look at that decision again.
You must ask for a review within 21 days of receiving our written decision. This must be in writing, addressed to the Housing Service Manager. Another more senior officer will then review your case.
We will write to confirm that we have received your letter of appeal. At this point we may also request further documentation that may support your appeal. If no additional documentation is required the appeal will take place using information already used or supplied.
For more information about making an appeal, you can download the leaflet 'Your right to a review of a homelessness decision' from this page.
For independent advice and information please go to: http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice
South Derbyshire District Council
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