What it means for you.
The Homelessness Reduction Act places a duty on the council to:
Take steps to prevent homelessness
The council must help you if you are at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days. You can get help from the council, for example, when you receive a valid notice from your landlord and if you are struggling to find somewhere else to live, or in other circumstances where you are likely to become homeless.
Take steps to relieve homelessness
The council must help all eligible households who are likely to become homeless to find suitable accommodation. We are here to help, but it does not mean that the council are required to provide a home for everyone.
We will work with you to agree a Housing Support Plan; that is a plan of actions for you and/or the council to take, which will help prevent you becoming homeless and/or help you find a new home.
The Act also places duties to notify the council from public authorities:
People working for a public authority who suspect someone they provide services to is facing homelessness now has a duty to notify the council. This could include the NHS, other council Departments or the County Council. They are however required to seek the person's permission beforehand.