Ex-armed forces homelessness advice
If you're leaving the armed forces, or are a former member, there is homelessness help available .
Apply as homeless before discharge from the forces
Contact us at Housing Options on 01332 888777 (choose option 5), if you think you will be homeless after discharge from the services.
We can help you before you become homeless.
You will need your letter of discharge or other evidence to confirm the date of your discharge.
If you do not contact us before you are discharged, you may need to stay in your accommodation as long as possible.
Defence Estates have to give you a Notice to Vacate before they can take you to court to obtain a possession order. You can use any Notice to Vacate or possession order obtained against you as evidence in support of your homelessness application.
Ex-armed forces assessment
We will assess if you have a priority need. We will consider if you are vulnerable in some way. This may involve showing how a disability, mental health problem, addiction or other issue affects your ability to secure housing for yourself.
In addition, when deciding this we 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 been able to obtain or maintain accommodation since leaving service
- how long it has been since you left service.
To help support your case, you may need to provide medical evidence from the Ministry Of Defence, including a Medical History Release Form (if you were given one).
You must have a local connection to where your base was situated to be accepted as homeless there.
Information about what a local connection is can be found on Shelter's website.
You should also consider if you are able to show a local connection with this or another local council area where you have close family connections.
There are a range of services for veterans who are homeless and on the streets:
- day centres are a useful source of practical support – they provide a warm place to stay during the day and may also be able to offer food, clothing, laundry facilities and showers
- Royal British Legion – might be able to help with a rent deposit Call 0808 8028080
- SSAFA – provide housing advice to ex services and current services personnel. 0800 7314880.
You may qualify for help from us if you have left the armed forces some time in the past and are now homeless or threatened with homelessness.
If it is accepted that you are homeless and in priority need we can help you with both emergency and longer-term accommodation.
Find out if you have a priority need on Shelter's website.
We will consider if we can help you using both general rules that apply to everyone and specific rules that apply to people who were in the forces.
It can be easier to get help if you qualify under the general rules for people in priority need. For example, if you have dependent children or are pregnant.
The Veterans Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support. Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities. Telephone: 0808 802 1212.
Veterans Housing advice (VHA)
STOLL Housing and helping veterans
Leading provider of supported housing to vulnerable veterans. Telephone: 020 7385 2110.
Haig Housing Trust
Haig Housing Trust supports housing for the ex-service community. Applications are assessed using a points system which combines Service Points and Need Points. Priority is normally given to those with greatest need.
War Memorial Village Derby
War Memorial Village Derby provides homes for local ex-service men and women who have a disability. Applications are managed by Derby Homes, Allenton Housing Office, Bingham Street, Derby DE24 9BS.
Army Family Federation
Army family Federation is the independent voice of army families and offers confidential advice. Telephone: 01264 382324.