Becoming homeless is generally not something that people actively choose to do. Therefore, if you cannot prevent yourself from becoming homeless, or are already homeless, we can help.
Contact the Homelessness Advice and Prevention Team and ask for a homeless assessment to be carried out.
Your individual circumstances will determine how much help we can give you.
The assessment will find out if you:
We are only able to help British citizens or people from abroad who are entitled to receive public funds. Examples of public funds are income benefits and council housing.
If you are not entitled to help, then unfortunately we cannot offer you a home.
If you are not sure whether you are entitled to help, contact us to find out more.
The law says that someone is homeless if:
You have a priority need if:
You may be classed as intentionally homeless if you have done or failed to do something which has led to you becoming homeless. An example would be someone who has moved out of a property without being asked to do so.
An unintentionally homeless person is someone who is homeless through no fault of their own.
You will have a local connection to West Lancashire if you have lived here for 6 out of the last 12 months, or 3 out of the last 5 years; have close family living here; or if you are employed in the borough.