Separation from a partner can often result in one or the other having to move out of the family home. When this happens, it is important for the other person to have somewhere to go. Homelessness can be a serious worry for people who find themselves without a home after a separation.
It sounds obvious, but not having a home can seriously affect your life and that of your child. If you’re worried about homelessness or you think there’s the slightest risk of you being made homeless, you need to get advice as soon as possible.
- Find out your choices and rights as a homeless person. You do have rights and choices and it’s so important you seek them out. Try contacting Homeless UK or Shelter for more information. See links at the bottom of this page for more details.
- Seek advice. You might not have to leave the home you have with your ex. Sometimes there are ways to cohabit, even if it is just until you are back on your feet.
- Speak to your local council, they may be able to help with temporary or emergency accommodation.
The thought of homelessness is terrifying to most of us, but there are a whole host of specialist organisations that can help you before you end up out on the street. Remember, you are not on your own. Contact one of the organisations below for more information and help with homelessness.
Where can I go next?
Shelter - Homelessness
Advice from Shelter for those facing homelessness issues.
Homeless UK - Find the help you need
Information from Homeless UK with links to additional support services.
Citizens Advice Bureau - Local Authority help for homeless people
Information from the Citizens Advice Bureau for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.