Homelessness Prevention Intiative
In line with Adun’s primary ethos to help ease the burdens that everyday life brings to the less fortunate in society, the Homelessness Prevention Initiative aims to support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Ours is a vision that seeks to provide housing support to individuals and families that are suffering under the instability and insecurity that homelessness brings.
In particular we aim to provide access to general housing information and where possible, we will signpost to relevant authorities established to support housing needs.
Please get in touch with us if you are facing homelessness or any other ancillary housing difficulty. Before you contact us, we strongly recommend that you read our Service Standards and Advisory Terms & Conditions.
We are able to provide advice and/or signpost you to organisations or the department within your local authority that can offer you the support you need, where:
- You are homeless or threatened with homelessness and you want to know what to do;
- Your local authority has declined to offer you housing for any reason and you wish to appeal or request a review;
- You received a Court Order or a Notice requiring you to leave your accommodation/home;
- You have to leave your accommodation/home as a result of violence;
- You have been asked to leave by family or friends with whom you have been living;
- You have been served a notice by your landlord/lady to leave your private rented accommodation and you don’t know what to do and who to approach;
- Your landlord/lady has commenced legal proceedings against you and you need help understanding the claim and how to respond adequately or who to approach for legal assistance; and
- You have issues regarding your temporary accommodation and you need information that might help you to resolve the problems you are experiencing.
Ancillary Housing Issues:
We are able to provide you with advice and signposting support where:
- You are overcrowded in your accommodation/home and you need to be re-housed;
- You need to move due to medical reasons or the property impacts on your medical condition
i.e. you have a severe mobility issue and the property you live in does not have a lift, among other issues;
- You are in accommodation that is larger than your needs require and you wish to downsize;
- You are interested in mutual exchange and want to know where to register;
- You are an elderly person and you would like to be moved to a sheltered home;
- You want to know about supported accommodation and where to turn to for assistance; and
- You are sleeping rough and need to know how to go about securing an accommodation.
Other Support Services:
- Tenancy Relation Services
We are able to provide you with advice and direct you to the appropriate Tenancy Relation Officer in your local authority, if there is one. The role of a Tenancy Relation Officer is to advise tenants, landlords and leaseholders about their rights and to ensure the right procedures are adhered to by all parties in regards to the tenancy/leasehold.
Please contact us for this support if you:
- need information on the Right to Buy process and how to go about purchasing your accommodation/home; and
- need information regarding types of tenancies;
- have a rent Arrears matter and you need help on how to address this;
- need to contact your landlord concerning damp, mould and other repair work needed in your accommodation/home..
- Benefits Advice Services
We are able to provide you with benefits advice and signpost you to relevant authorities for assistance where you are claiming:
- Employment and support allowance
- Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payment Income Support
- Housing Benefit (Subject to locality (postcodes in some and local authority where some Council will be asked to make a claim for Universal Credit
- Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Local Authority based assessment, it defers from one Local Authority to another)
- Universal Credit (Other local authorities have implemented but other you have to claim housing benefit from other how are yet to move to UC)
- Jobseekers allowance
- Pension credit
- Local Support Payment (Formerly known as Community Care Grant)
- General Assistance
We are also able to signpost you to:
- Agencies that provide Debt Advice etc.
- Food banks and where to find them in your locality.
Click on the following link to see what you could claim – http://www.entitledto.co.uk/
This site is free and no personal information is required, so anonymity is assured.
In order to complete the calculation, it is recommended you assemble the documentation you will need to complete the process before you start.
You can stop at any time and come back to the calculation later. If you are returning to a calculation you started earlier, please go to saved calculation.
How to Claim Universal Credit
Please click the link below for information on claiming Universal Credit..
Please note that claiming Universal Credit may vary from one Local Authority to another especially for housing benefit so it’s advisable to confirm with your local authority first or the Department for Work and Pensions who will advise you accordingly.