At risk of losing your home or already homeless
If you are sleeping rough or have become homeless suddenly, please visit our Emergency housing page.
If you are an organisation and have identified someone who may be at risk of homelessness, please refer them to us. See Duty to refer for more information.
Preventing you from becoming homeless
We’re here at H&F Housing to help you. If you’re at risk of becoming homeless, or you’re homeless right now, please phone or email us before coming in to see us in person. This could stop you from having a long wait to be seen. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page.
The homelessness process can be quite long and requires time and energy from you and the council.
- Step 1: Showing us you are eligible and homeless or at risk
When you call us, you will need to be able to prove that you are eligible for help (generally speaking, as a UK citizen or EU taxpayer, you are eligible) and are actually homeless or at risk. That may include a section 21 notice or a letter confirming your circumstances. If you are already homeless and do not have a connection to Hammersmith and Fulham, we may refer your application to another authority.
- Step 2: Getting an assessment and creating your Personal Housing Plan
Once we have confirmed your eligibility and circumstances, you will meet with a caseworker to discuss your needs. You will then create your own Personal Housing Plan on how you will address your housing problems. The most likely option will be a home in the private rented sector. We can help in finding somewhere that meets your budget.
What is a Personal Housing Plan?
A Personal Housing Plan, or PHP, is a set of actions that you and the council will take together to solve your homeless situation.
An initial Personal Housing Plan interview usually takes around two hours.
If you don’t create a Personal Housing Plan, you can’t move forward with a homeless application.
- Step 3: Working on your plan
Over the following few weeks, you will be responsible for updating your plan and taking action. We will review the plan regularly.
You will need to make sure you complete the ‘reasonable steps’ agreed in your plan.
If you don’t, we may not be able to help you.
- Step 4: Decision after 56 days
If we are unable to solve your homelessness by the end of 56 days, we will then make a decision about whether we owe you the “Main Housing Duty”. For this, you need to be able to prove you pass five tests.
- Eligibility: This means you have the legal right to access public funds, and to work in the UK. More detail on the legal definition of ‘Eligibility’.
- Homeless: This means you don’t have a home, anywhere else in the world, where it would be reasonable for you to live. More detail on the legal definition of ‘Homeless’.
- Priority Need: This could mean because of a vulnerability, such as a health condition, or previously being a member of the armed forces, it is harder for you to find accommodation than someone else. It could mean because you have young children, you have a priority. It could mean, because you have lost your previous home through a disaster, such as a fire or flood, then the council needs to provide you with housing. More detail on the legal definition of ‘Priority Need’.
- Not Intentionally Homeless: If you have previously lost accommodation because of something you haven’t done (eg paying your rent), or because of something you have done (eg ASB), then the council may find you intentionally homeless. If we do, we don’t have to provide you with housing. More detail on the legal definition of ‘Intentionally Homeless’.
- Local Connection: You need to prove that you have a local connection to the Borough, such as living here for the last 6 months, or for three years out of the last five. More detail on the legal definition of ‘Local Connection’.
Other services we offer
- Supported accommodation for single homeless people
- Short term support for residents who are having difficulties managing their home
Adapting your home
If you are at risk because your home is not suitable for your needs, please visit our Adapting homes page for support.
Finding a more suitable home
If you are currently a council tenant, please visit our Finding a more suitable home page to find out how we can help.
Office hours 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday
020 8753 4198, Option 1, Option 1 again
Between 6pm and 9am Monday to Friday and all weekend, please call our emergency night and weekend housing service on 020 8741 2937.
Other housing related services
Other services who can provide advice and assistance in relation to your housing.
- DWP helpline - can help with questions about universal credit on 0845 605 7064.
- H&F Benefits - can help with questions around your current benefits on 020 8753 6681.
- H&F link - for enquiries about the benefit cap on 020 8210 8200.
- Shelter - a national charity with housing advice on a range of issues.
- Citizen's Advice - independent advice and information about housing, benefits, debt, work and more.
- Centrepoint - specialist help and support for young people aged 16 – 25.
- HomelessLondon - helping people who are having difficulties or in danger of becoming homeless to find a home.