If you have nowhere to stay tonight
You might be able to get a place to stay in a hostel, night shelter, refuge or bed and breakfast if you're homeless. Ask your local council for contact details.
Coronavirus - if you’re sleeping outside or in a shelter where you can’t self-isolate
This is sometimes known as ‘rough sleeping’.
Your local council might help you now, even if you wouldn’t usually be entitled to help. Ask your council how they can help - you can find their contact details on GOV.UK.
If you’re worried about losing your emergency housing
The government have said they’re working with local councils to keep people in housing.
You should ask your local council if you can stay in your emergency housing and how they can help you if you can’t. You can find their contact details on GOV.UK.
You should first check if you can get emergency housing from your local council.
You'II usually have to pay to stay in most types accommodation. If you're on a low income or benefits you can get help with your rent costs.
Getting a place in a refuge
If you can’t stay in your home because of violence, threats or any other abuse, it’s best to try to get a place in a refuge. They can help to keep you safe because they don’t advertise their address details. You can also get specialist advice and support.
You can arrange to get a place in a refuge by contacting:
Calls to these numbers are free.
If you don't want to call the refuge yourself you can be referred by your local council. You could also ask your nearest Citizens Advice to refer you.
Getting a place in a hostel or night shelter
As well as getting contact details of hostels and night shelters from your local council, you can also search for somewhere to stay on the Homeless Link site.
You'll usually need to be referred to a hostel or night shelter by an advice or support agency. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice to see if they can refer you
Some places will let you call or walk-in to book a place - it’s best to call first to check if you can visit to book a place.
Other help you can get
- hot meals
Your nearest Citizens Advice can also check if you can claim benefits and help you find longer-term housing.