When you contact us, we will normally make an appointment for you to see a housing options advisor. This may be arranged on the same day as you make the application. You will complete a homeless application form we will discuss all of your options with you.
We will need to answer a number of questions to find out how we can help.
Are you homeless or threatened with homelessness?
The council must check whether you are legally classed as homeless before it can decide what help you are entitled to. In deciding whether you are homeless, the council has to look at any accommodation you have access to.
Are you eligible for assistance?
Some groups of people who have lived abroad are not entitled to help if they are homeless. The council will check if you are subject to immigration control.
Are you in priority need?
You will be in priority need if one of the people included in your application falls into one of the priority need groups:
- Pregnant women
- People responsible for dependent children
- Most people aged 16 or 17
- certain care leavers
- People who are particularly vulnerable
- People who are made homeless by fire or flood.
If you are homeless and in priority need the council may have a duty to provide you with temporary accommodation. Depending on availability, this will be a self-contained hostel in Selby or Tadcaster. In an emergency, you may be placed into a bed and breakfast until suitable accommodation can be provided.
Are you intentionally homeless?
The council has to make enquiries into the reasons you became homeless and must be satisfied that:
- You deliberately did (or didn't do) something that caused you to leave accommodation which you could otherwise have stayed in.
- It would have been reasonable for you to stay there.
This may include:
- Not paying your rent or mortgage when you could have afforded to;
- You were evicted for anti-social behaviour;
- You left accommodation you could have stayed in.
Do you have a local connection?
In deciding if you have a local connection, we have to look at whether you (or anyone else in your household):
- Have lived in the area and for how long;
- Work in the area;
- Have family connections in the area; or
- Need to be here for another special reason.
After making enquiries, we will inform you in writing of the decision it has made. The letter will say:
- What decision we have made;
- The reasons why the decision was made; and
- That you have a right to request a review of a decision, and how you can do so.
This is the final category that needs to be investigated following a homeless application. If you do not have a local connection to Selby district, we may not have any duty to assist you in your homeless situation. Should this be the case, we will make referral to a local authority where you have a local connection.
Once a full assessment has been carried out you will be notified in writing of the outcome and informed whether or not we have a duty to provide you with long term or temporary accommodation.