If you are homeless
All issues relating to homelessness and its prevention in the city are dealt with Nottingham City Council's Housing Aid Team. In the county, this would be dealt with by the district and borough councils such as Gedling, Rushcliffe, Ashfield and Broxtowe.
Nottingham city area
The Homelessness Prevention Gateway is based at the Nottingham City Council Housing Aid office.
It helps people with all sorts of housing problems by giving advice and assistance. The main aim is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.
If you think you may soon be homeless, or you suddenly find yourself in this position, you need to make sure you contact the Gateway as soon as you can.
What happens next?
When you approach the Nottingham Gateway for advice, the team will fill in a simple needs assessment. This will include some personal questions, to help decide what will be the best support for you. The sort of advice they can help you with include:
The Gateway will make every effort to get you some accommodation as an emergency, and will then work with you to find something more suitable for the future. This includes helping you apply to HomeLink and bidding for properties on this website.
Contact Nottingham Gateway. Take a look at the video to find out more.
Will I be guaranteed somewhere to live?
The needs assessment will help us work out if you qualify for our help or if you are 'intentionally homeless'. If you are intentionally homeless you may not get help to find new accommodation. Examples of making youself intentionally homeless include:
You can also try other ways of finding a home. The Bond Guarantee Scheme from Nottingham City Council may pay an amount equal to your deposit to a private landlord to help you find a home.
If you live in the county
The Nottingham Gateway only covers people living in the city council area. If you're homeless, or at risk of being homeless, you need to contact the council where you live now.
All councils will have their own homelessness service.As long as you know what your local authority is, you will have someone to turn to for advice.
In Greater Nottingham this covers:
Follow the links to these councils to find out more about their approach to homelessness.