Help available if you are homeless

If you are homeless

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you need to complete a Housing Advice form to tell us about your situation.

We can then assess your housing needs and see if we can help. Unfortunately we are unable to help everyone who is homeless.

To complete a Housing Advice Form please see:

If you are homeless today or you have previously submitted a Housing Advice Form, your circumstances have changed and you are now homeless, you can drop in to the council offices between 9am and 4pm to discuss your circumstances with a Housing Officer. Please ensure you provide identification if you come to a drop in.

Short term housing

We can provide short term housing to you if you are in an immediate housing crisis. Short term accommodation may only consist of one room for you and the other people included on your application. Due to a shortage in local housing in our area, we may not be able to find you temporary accommodation in Adur or Worthing.

Longer term housing

Only people listed on the housing register will be considered for permanent housing. Your application for housing will be assessed alongside other applicants on the housing register, and will not be prioritised solely on the basis that you are homeless.

Unfortunately because there are not enough available homes to meet the very high demand for social housing in Adur and Worthing, joining the register does not guarantee you will get a property. On average most people wait three years to be offered housing.

For more information about joining the Housing Register and how the priority banding system works, please see:

Paying rent

You will need to pay rent and service charges for any accommodation which we provide. If you have a low income, you may be able to claim Housing Benefit to help cover your rent.

Further help

If you are living on the streets or in danger of being made homeless, you can find out more about local support and services:

Other useful sites:

Further information on how we are working to prevent homelessness

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Page last updated: 15 May 2024

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