This Fact sheet is about complaints about Homelessness. It should be read together with our general information booklet about our service. If you have made a Housing Application
to the Council or a Housing Association you should also read our fact sheet on Housing Applications.
The Council has responsibility by law to provide help to certain 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 Council will normally only have a responsibility to those people who usually work or live in its area (called having a local connection). There are certain exceptions e.g. if you are fleeing violence.
Even those with no Priority Need are entitled to advice and assistance from the Council on their housing situation.
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.
Welsh Women’s Aid which provides independent and free advice and support on a range of problems (including homelessness) for those who are fleeing domestic violence. You can contact them on 0808 8010 800 or via the internet at www.welshwomensaid.org
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. Examples of cases that the Ombudsman has looked at can be found on our website. Please