Homeless or risk of homelessness

A full assessment and personal housing plan

The help that we offer you will be based on your housing needs. We will ask you the following questions:

1. Are you homeless or at risk of with homelessness within the next 56 days?

We need to be sure that you are actually homeless, or threatened with homelessness within 56 days.

We will check whether it is reasonable for you to return to your last address, or for you to continue living there.

2. Do we have a duty to help prevent or relieve your homelessness?

If we agree that you are eligible and homeless (or threatened with homelessness within 56 days), whatever the reasons, then we will help you to prevent or relieve your homelessness.

3. Do you agree to a personal housing plan and will you co-operate?

If we have a duty to help you keep your home or to help you to find somewhere suitable to live then we will agree a personal housing plan with you.

We will make sure that your personal housing plan is fair and reasonable. It will list the actions that we will take and the actions for you to take to help yourself.

It is important that you to follow your part of the personal housing plan.

The law says that we can consider ending our duty to help you if you deliberately fail to co-operate with us.

4. Do you have a priority need?

If you have a priority need then we will offer you help to secure temporary accommodation.

To establish if you have a priority need we will look at whether you:

  • have dependent children, or you (or a household member) are pregnant
  • are vulnerable, for example because of your age, mental health, disability
  • are 16 or 17 years old
  • have lost your home because of an emergency such as a fire or flood

5. Do we have a duty to provide temporary accommodation?

If you are homeless, have a priority need and require temporary accommodation, then we will help with somewhere suitable to stay while we work with you for 56 days to find somewhere more settled to live.

If possible we will help you to arrange to be 'homeless at home' with family or friends. If this is not an option then we will offer you temporary accommodation.

6. Do you have a local connection?

  • have you lived in Northampton for at least 6 of the last 12 months or 3 years during the past 5 year period? 
  • are you employed in Northampton? 
  • do you want to live near to a close relative who has lived in Northampton for the last five years to provide or receive support or care?

We may refer you to another council for more help if it is safe to do so and you have an insufficient local connection with Northampton.

Slightly different rules apply to care leavers, people leaving prison, people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act and former asylum seekers.

7. Have you recently served in the regular armed forces? 

You can choose to have your local connection with any housing authority in England if you:

  • are a serving member of the regular forces
  • have served in the regular forces within the last 5 years
  • you are the bereaved spouse or partner of someone whose death was related to their service in the armed forces