This Factsheet is about complaints about Homelessness. It should be read together with our ‘How to Complain’ webpage, available on the ‘Making A Complaint’ tab. If you have made a Housing Application to the Council or a Housing Association you should also read our factsheet on Housing Applications.
The Council has responsibility by law to provide help and assistance to people who are or may become homeless. Only certain people (known as People in Priority Need) are entitled to emergency accommodation and help with their belongings. Examples are people with dependent children and people who are disabled.
The Council may have less responsibility if you are found to have caused your own homelessness (“intentionally homeless”).
He can look at whether the Council has:
The extent of the help and assistance you will receive from the Council may be affected by whether you live or work in the council’s area (called having a local connection).
You may want to consider contacting the following organisations for advice:
Shelter Cymru which provides independent and free housing advice and support. You can contact them by phone on 0345 075 5005 or the internet at www.sheltercymru.org.uk.
Citizens Advice Cymru which provides independent and free advice and support on a range of problems (including homelessness). You can contact them via the internet at
www.citizensadvice.org.uk (selecting the ‘Wales’ site page option) and entering your postcode for details on how to reach your nearest CAC advice office.
Your local Assembly Member may also be able to offer advice and assistance.
The Ombudsman is independent and impartial; he cannot order public bodies to do what he recommends – but, in practice, they almost always do.