If you are about to be made homeless or are homeless, we have advice and information to help you.
Your tenancy could be at risk if:
You are at risk of homelessness if:
You are at risk of rough sleeping if you are homeless and have no family or friends who can offer support and no financial means to secure alternative accommodation.
Rough sleeping is sleeping outdoors or in buildings or other places not designed to live in. Some people could be at higher risk of rough sleeping if they are or have:
This information helps asses how vulnerable you are and possibly opens routes to additional housing and support options.
We may have a legal duty to provide emergency housing if we believe that you are eligible for homelessness assistance and priority need. We decide this by assessing immigration status and health and well-being in relation to the Housing Act 1996. Further information about help from the council is available on the Shelter website.
The housing of some 16 to 17 year olds will be the responsibility of social services under the terms of the Children Act 1989. This legislation imposes a duty and a power on social services to provide accommodation for any child in need who is lost, abandoned or without a carer or person with parental responsibility and whose welfare maybe seriously prejudiced without accommodation or where to do so will safeguard the child's welfare. Further information about young people and homelessness is available from the Shelter website.
You can get assessments regarding your legal entitlements to accommodation:
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Out of hours please contact social services on telephone 0300 1232327
Advice is available for over 25 and young people who are pregnant with dependants, or do not fit the P21 criteria.
Initial housing assessments for all under 25 without dependants, and a P21 service for those who fit the criteria. These are 16 and 17 year olds, care leavers and those deemed vulnerable.
Young People Somerset
Belvedere Trading Estate
Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 10.00am to 4.30pm
Phone: 01823 326731
If you do not agree with a decision made about your rights to housing assistance, you can get independent advice from: