Help for homeless people from Peterborough City Council
You should make it a priority to visit Housing
Options for support and advice If you are homeless, or at risk of
being homeless. You do not need to make an appointment as
they operate a drop-in service.
You will be considered homeless provided you
have no accommodation, even if that might be in another country.
If you have been genuinely asked to leave your present
accommodation, or are at risk of violence, you will be treated as
homeless, provided you have not intentionally caused yourself to
have nowhere to live. Remember that Housing Options
will need to investigate the facts and this may mean contacting
your family to verify your situation.
If accommodation is provided, you may be
referred to a housing association, or have housing arranged with a
private landlord that may mean a room in a shared house. If
the local authority decides that you are not legally homeless, it
does not have any duties to arrange long-term accommodation for
you. However, it can provide a temporary place to stay whilst
you find a permanent home.
Housing Options may not be able to help you if
you have no connection with the Peterborough area. You would
normally be expected to have lived, worked or have family links
These are the priority groups
for helping the homeless with accommodation, but even if you fall
into one of these categories there is no guarantee that Housing
Options will provide you with somewhere to live:-
- you have dependent children under 16, or
under 19 if they are in full- time education
- you are homeless because of an emergency such as a flood or a
- you are aged 16 or 17
- you have a physical or mental illness or disability
- you are over 18 but at risk of exploitation or have been in
- you are at risk of domestic violence, racial violence or other
threats of violence
- you are homeless after leaving hospital, prison or the armed
- you are pregnant
In addition, Peterborough City Council has a responsibility to
provide accommodation for children and young people over 16 who are
For advice and support if you have nowhere to
stay, or think you might become homeless.
See this page
on our website for more information on Housing Options.