Homelessness is one of the four project criteria for Opportunity Nottingham.
We offer homelessness help, support and advice through working with other services in Nottingham City to find suitable accommodation. This can range from a stay in a hostel to a longer-term tenancy in shared housing, and will depend on personal circumstances.
Homelessness involves individuals experiencing varying crises related to housing. According to the Housing Act 1996, homelessness can be defined as 'not having accommodation available in the UK or elsewhere'. You do not have to be sleeping on the streets to be considered homeless. You could be living in accommodation that is not fit for purpose (for example it is overcrowded or conditions of the property are poor and potentially detrimental to health), living in an unreasonable environment (for example experiencing Domestic Abuse) or likely to be homeless within 28 days (for example being given notice on your property). You could also be considered homeless if you are temporarily staying with friends or family.
Homelessness affects a wide variety of people, but certain people can be more at risk of being homeless including; those with financial concerns (for example people struggling to pay their rent), those experiencing Domestic Abuse, asylum seekers and refugees, offenders leaving prison and young people leaving care for the first time. People could also find themselves homeless due to housing benefit cuts, meaning they can no longer keep up the required payments on their property.
It is important that you know your rights if you become homeless. Your entitlement to benefits remains, as does your access to a doctor (you will still need to register with a surgery). Many other rights will depend on your personal circumstances, and we can work with you to understand what help is available for you.