Making Homelessness Applications

This course provides delegates with the knowledge required to assist a client who is, or is about to become, homeless. Delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and duties inherent in making homelessness applications.

Course contains

  • Duties of the housing authority and working within a housing options/preventions framework
  • Revisiting the legal test of homelessness, eligibility, vulnerability etc
  • Practical tools to support a client in making a homelessness application
  • Examining what an applicant needs to show in order to get interim accommodation
  • Recognising 'gatekeeping'
  • Obtaining effective evidence in support of a homelessness application
  • Using the Homelessness Code of Guidance

Learning outcomes

After attending this course delegates will be able to:
  • Identify circumstances that trigger a council's duty to start a homelessness investigation
  • Describe key factors governing eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Advise on the duties of local authority towards a homeless person
  • Gather evidence to support homelessness applications
  • Help clients who experience 'gatekeeping'.

Suitable for

All advisers, staff and volunteers who are working with people making, or needing assistance with, homeless applications.

Meet the trainer

Rita Parmar has run housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2003. She has worked for Shelter since January 1997 and is a solicitor in Shelter's Legal Team, where she runs a housing law caseload in areas such as homelessness appeals, judicial reviews, possession cases and disrepair. She also provides specialist support on the second-tier advice line for Shelter staff. Rita has also worked for Haringey Women's Forum as a housing law manager and has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course at London Metropolitan University. She is a co-author of the Shelter book 'Court Procedures and Housing Cases: A Practitioner's Guide'.
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