What to do if you need housing advice?
If you need housing advice, are at risk of homelessness or are homeless and have nowhere to stay please contact the Housing Advice Centre. Staff at the Housing Advice Centre will assess your situation and give you free confidential advice with the aim of helping you to keep your home or assisting you to find one that meets your needs.
Housing Advice Centre
112 - 114 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 277 1711
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4.30pm
Opening hours for face to face advice
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Wednesday 1pm to 4pm
If it is after 5.30pm (or any time at a weekend) and you have nowhere to sleep tonight please call the out of hours service for advice:
Phone 0191 278 7878 (speak to the operator and ask for the emergency homeless service)
Monday to Friday, 5.30pm to 8am
Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 8am (24 hours)
Please note there is no step free access to the Housing Advice Centre. A wheelchair ramp can be made available, please contact the Housing Advice Centre on 0191 277 1711 for further information.
You can find out more about our approach which aims wherever possible to prevent homelessness on our Information for Professionals page
What the Housing Advice Centre can do
We will help you understand the different housing options that are available in Newcastle to solve your housing difficulties. We can help if you are:
- Struggling with rent or mortgage payments
- Served with a notice or your tenancy is coming to an end
- Struggling to stay in your home and need help or support to do so
- Homeless in a crisis
- In debt
- Unsure about your benefits
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is the most significant homelessness legislation for 40 years. Most of the Act will be enacted on 3 April 2018 and it places new legal duties on English councils so that everyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness will have access to help, irrespective of their priority need status, as long as they are eligible for assistance.
For everyone who seeks assistance at the Housing Advice Centre we will work with them to develop a plan to address their housing issues. In Newcastle we have called this an Inclusion Plan and the assessment will focus on 2 areas
- the factors that have led a household to be threatened with homelessness, or actually homeless
- the housing and support needs of the household to secure suitable and sustainable accommodation
The assessment is then used to develop a personalised plan, in collaboration with the resident and reviewed on a regular basis. The plan will identify actions to prevent or relieve homelessness, meet housing and support needs, and ultimately support the resident to create the foundations for a stable life. Other agencies who are involved with a household may also be asked to contribute to this plan
We may provide emergency accommodation to you if you are homeless, but we will always try to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. If this is not possible, we will try to find a solution and housing options to make sure that you have a safe place to stay. For more information on this please see our Housing Advice Centre leaflet (pdf 249kb)
We have also produced a number of factsheets to give more information to people who are particularly at risk of becoming homeless
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - Former members of the regular armed forces (pdf 344kb)
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - People leaving care (pdf 340kb)
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - People leaving hospital (pdf 399kb)
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - People leaving prison or youth detention accommodation (pdf 345kb)
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - People with mental health issues (pdf 255kb)
- If you need housing advice or are homeless - Victims of domestic abuse (pdf 213 kb)
As of 1 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act introduces a new requirement on specified public authorities in England to notify councils of service users they think may be homeless or threatened with becoming homeless.
If you are a public authority looking for information on Newcastle's approach to duty to refer you can find more information on our Information for Professionals page, inlcuding details of how to make a referral. If you are a member of the public you should continue to use the methods above to contact the Housing Advice Centre.
Information about appointments
We offer both face to face and telephone appointments. If you call in without an appointment you may face a longer wait but we will try to see you. If this is not possible and you have somewhere to stay that night, an alternative appointment may be arranged.
If you have made an appointment you may need to bring some documents with you so that we can help you. When you contact us we will tell you which of the following will be best to bring
- Birth certificates (for everyone who is being made homeless with you)
- Photo ID cards
- Proof of income
- Letter from Home Office or other documents which say you are allowed to stay in the UK
- Proof of any benefits you are getting
- Proof that you are pregnant (such as the blue book you are given at your antenatal clinic or a letter from your doctor)
- Copy of your tenancy agreement
- Copy of any notice to leave the place you have been living
- Bank statements and bills if you are being made homeless because of money problems
Other useful information
For additional general advice on housing and homelessness issues, you can also visit the Shelter website or call their free telephone helpline on 0808 800 4444.