Duty to refer someone facing becoming homeless

Use our online form to refer someone facing becoming homeless.

From 1 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act introduces a new need for certain public authorities in England to tell councils of people they think may be homeless or threatened with becoming homeless.

Organisations who have a duty to refer:

  • prisons (public and private)
  • youth offender institutions and teams
  • secure training centres and colleges
  • probation services (community rehabilitation companies and national probation service)
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • accident and emergency services provided in a hospital
  • urgent treatment centres (including services locally designated as such, and all other providers of community and primary urgent care, minor injury services and walk in centres);
  • hospitals providing in-patient treatment (Inpatient care means persons who are receiving medical or other treatment as admitted patients) i
  • social services authorities

You can make a referral to us by completing the form below. We will consider what help we can give to the person you are referring.

Duty to refer

You will need to obtain their consent to make a referral. You can print your own consent form for the person to sign and either scan or take a photograph to upload at the end of the form, so you might want do this first so it is ready to upload.      

Duty to refer