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Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2014-15

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A Quick Guide to Homelessness Applications

There are three stages to a homelessness application. These stages are:

  • The Application stage where the household first presents to the council.
  • The Assessment stage where the council assesses:
  • whether the applicant is homeless;
  • if so, whether the applicant made themselves homeless intentionally; and
  • if they were unintentionally homeless, and if they have no local connection with the local authority to which they made the application, it may test whether they have a local connection with another local authority area.
  • The Outcome stage. The type of accommodation the applicant is entitled to depends on the council's assessment decision.

Applicants are entitled to temporary accommodation, typically:

  • whilst they're awaiting an assessment decision;
  • whilst waiting for settled accommodation to be found; or,
  • if they are intentionally homeless, then they are provided with temporary accommodation and advice and assistance to help them secure alternative accommodation.

More information on the duty to provide temporary accommodation can be found in the Code of Guidance on Homelessness.