The Council provides a range of services for people who need help with their housing through the Housing Advice Team based at East Pallant House, Chichester. Our advice services are available for people in a wide variety of situations. Advice for specific circumstances can be found on this page. If you fall into one or more of these groups please read the advice prior to engaging in our services.
- Advice for care leavers
- Advice for former members of the armed forces
- Advice for people living in caravans
- Advice for people living with a mental health condition
- Advice for people leaving hospital
- Advice for prison or youth detention leavers
- Advice for survivors of domestic abuse
The definition of who is a care leaver is generally an adult who has been looked after by the local authority for at least 13 weeks when they were a child, with at least one day being past their 16th birthday.
If you are a serving member of the regular armed forces the MOD is responsible for helping you and your family with accommodation. This document provides information for former members of the regular armed forces and those who are due to leave shortly.
For some people the option of living in a caravan or mobile home can be an affordable and appealing prospect. However, living in a caravan also poses challenges compared to bricks and mortar and can be a problematic experience. This document provides information and advice for people living or planning to live in a caravan park.
The Council recognises that people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition often need specialised help when considering their housing circumstances and options. This document is for people who require housing advice. If you are currently living with a mental health condition and need emergency support with your health you should always contact your GP or emergency health services by calling the NHS on 111 or 999 if you require an ambulance.
This is information for those who are due to be discharged from hospital and are concerned that they have no accommodation or are at risk of becoming homeless.
When someone is released from prison they need security and stability to get their lives back on track. In many cases when people are released from prison they have no accommodation to return to. People leaving prison are often at high risk of homelessness and may have been homeless before beginning their sentence.
It is claimed the UK recorded 2 million victims of domestic abuse in 2018. Local authorities recognise that there are many challenges involved with fleeing abuse and it is not always easy to leave. The Council believes that you should be supported in taking whatever action you think is most suitable and there are services available to help people flee as well as support for those who feel unable to leave abusive situations.
If you would like to be put in contact with our housing advice team please complete the housing advice form.