Homelessness—vulnerable groups
Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Road
Homelessness—vulnerable groups

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Road provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Homelessness—vulnerable groups
  • Local authority duties
  • Who are vulnerable people?
  • Joint working with social services and joint strategy
  • Information and advice to prevent homelessness
  • Vulnerable people and the duty on public services to refer them to the LHA
  • Vulnerable people and the housing needs assessment and personal housing plan
  • Homelessness Reduction and CA 2014
  • Vulnerable people and the prevention duty
  • Vulnerable people and the relief duty
  • more

This Practice Note explores the special provisions which apply to groups who are particularly vulnerable to homelessness and refers to the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities, February 2018 (the 2018 Code).

For more information on vulnerability for the purposes of assessing a person’s priority need for accommodation, see Practice Note: Homelessness—priority need for accommodation.

Local authority duties

Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996) sets out the statutory framework for assessing whether or not a person will be owed a duty, and if so what duty, by a local authority if they are homeless. References in this article to various sections refer to sections of HA 1996. See Practice Note: Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3 April 2018.

In 2002, the Government amended the homelessness legislation through the Homelessness Act 2002 (HA 2002) and the Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002, SI 2002/2051 to:

  1. ensure a more strategic approach to tackling and preventing homelessness, in particular by requiring a homelessness strategy for every local housing authority (LHA) district; and

  2. strengthen the assistance available to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness by extending the priority need categories to homeless 16- and 17-year-olds; care leavers aged 18, 19 and 20; people who are vulnerable as a result of time spent in care, the armed forces, prison or custody,