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If you have nowhere to stay tonight

This advice applies to England

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.

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:

Refuge or Women's Aid on 0808 2000 247 at any time

Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

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

Contact your nearest Citizens Advice or your local council to find out if you can get details of practical support. This includes where you can get:

  • hot meals
  • showers
  • advice

Your nearest Citizens Advice can also check if you can claim benefits and help you find longer-term housing.

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