Housing and Homelessness
For general advice and support, please visit Shelter.
Help! I need somewhere to stay.
If you’re 16-17 years old Hampshire County Council can provide you with emergency accommodation for a maximum of two weeks (15 days) if you are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Legally, “homelessness” means:
You have nowhere to live in the UK or anywhere else in the world
You cannot stay in your home because of violence or threats of violence
You have nowhere you can live together with your family or anyone else who lives or could reasonably be expected to live with you, for example your children, partner or a carer
You do not have permission to stay where you are, for example you are a squatter
You have been locked out of your home and not allowed back
Your home is a boat, mobile home or caravan and there is nowhere you are allowed to put it
You have somewhere to live but it is not reasonable for you to stay there – this may be because of violence, abuse, harassment or threats; or because of serious overcrowding or very bad conditions; or because you cannot afford housing costs
Over the 15 working days (or less) a specialist member of staff will work closely with you to ensure you can return to, or stay with your immediate or extended family, or previous placement.
Specialist members of staff will be available at the accommodation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You will also have to be assessed under childrens services and they may offer to take you into ‘care’ if you wish.
The accommodation we provide you with is shared, with communal facilities. Our staff will make sure that you have toiletries/emergency bed pack and that suitable basic furniture and bedding is available, with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities. They with let you know of local services available to you to buy food and toiletries as well.
We will try and make sure we get you emergency accommodation nearest to your local contacts, but this may not always be possible.
A member of our specialist staff will talk to you about your situation to work out a plan to help you return to your immediate or extended family and they will work with your family to establish the best way forward, through mediation.
If you are homeless or think you are at risk of being homeless, you can contact us on 0845 603 5620 for help.
Hampshire County Council also have a Housing Gateway Service which can offer information and advice to young people aged 16-17 and can refer you onto a longer term housing project if you are not immediately homeless, to access them please call 0845 603 5620 for help.