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Is someone in your care likely to become homeless after a time in prison, hospital or an institution?

It is unethical for hospitals, prisons and other institutions to discharge individuals without completing a Duty to Refer application to the council or referring to other accommodation providers to prevent them becoming homeless.

Until you are certain that a place has been made available for the individual to stay, do not let them leave your care as you will only be setting them up for a relapse.

To ensure that a place has been made available, please arrange to visit the accommodation with the individual to sign all relevant documents before or on the day of their discharge.

Endeavour to commence the accommodation finding process earlier to avoid delays or disappointments.

Assist them with their Welfare Benefits applications if necessary to ensure that they have money to live on and their rents are covered.

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