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Homeless ex‐armed forces advice

You may qualify for help from the Council if you are a former member of the armed forces and are homeless or threatened with homelessness. In addition you will have to prove to the Council that you are eligible for housing assistance, have a priority need and did not make yourself intentionally homeless.

The Council must consider if it can help you using both general rules that apply to everyone and additional rules that apply to people who were in the forces.

When deciding this, we may consider:
• how long you were in the forces and what role you had
• if you spent any time in a military hospital
• if you were released from service on medical grounds (and have a Medical History Release Form)
• if you have had accommodation since leaving service and if you have been able to obtain or maintain accommodation since you left
• how long it has been since you left service
• if you have been injured during your service

Applying as homeless before discharge from the forces
If you think you will be homeless after discharge from the services it is important for you to seek homelessness assistance. The Council will not wait until you are made homeless before we help you. Upon the production of a letter of discharge or some
other evidence that confirms the date of your discharge from the Forces, we will accept that from the date of discharge you will become homeless. In the event that you have not sought any housing assistance from this council prior to your discharge from the Forces you may need to stay in your accommodation as long as possible and wait for Defence Estates to evict you.

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