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 advanced housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2000. She has specialised in housing law since 1996. Rita worked in Shelter's Legal Team from 1999 to 2016 as a solicitor and managing solicitor where her caseload included Court of Appeal cases, emergency judicial review applications for homelessness, possession actions and urgent injunctions for unlawful evictions and disrepair. She also had a 6 month attachment to Haringey Women's Forum giving housing law assistance to women fleeing domestic violence. Additionally, Rita has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course and to graduates on the MA course in legal advice at London Metropolitan University. Her experience in running housing cases led to her co-authoring "Court Procedures and Housing Cases: A Practitioner's Guide".

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