Rough sleepers and roofless people
When someone becomes homeless and has nowhere to stay, the Housing Department has to offer them support. In some cases this may mean temporary accommodation.
However, our supply of this is limited and we have to give priority to certain groups of people such as families with dependent children or a pregnant woman, or people who are very vulnerable (see Facing up to Homelessness).
There is help, however, for people who are not in a priority group.
We work closely with other departments, the Health Service and voluntary organisations to help people who do not have a permanent home or are sleeping rough.
We and our partner organisations provide information not only on accommodation but also on training and education, lifestyle skills, how to find a permanent home and how to get health care including help for people with drug and alcohol problems.
These pages explain how we can help.