Homelessness Reduction Act

The Act aims to reduce the number of households becoming homeless and living in temporary accommodation or sleeping rough. Use this page to find out about the Act and our response.

What’s changed

From 3 April 2018, councils must help anyone at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days. This excludes people whose immigration status makes them ineligible to receive public funds, such as benefits.

Help includes supporting people to stay in their accommodation or helping them find somewhere to live. For example, by providing a rent deposit or debt advice. 

Advice and support

If you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness, contact us for advice as soon as possible. 

We will provide a personalised housing plan, setting out and agreeing the steps that will be taken to prevent homelessness.

Temporary accommodation

The Act doesn’t require councils to accommodate a homeless person who has no priority need for housing. 

Camden will still accommodate people who have other support needs through our hostels pathway service.

Policy information 

Read Homelessness Reduction Act: policy factsheets

Read Code of guidance for local authorities (PDF)

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