Green Pastures is a Christian non-profit organisation that provide temporary accommodation for those who are homeless.
They spread all over the UK, housing and caring for hundreds of formerly homeless people. Through their volunteer team, residents are assisted with managing bills, family advice, claiming benefits, training, accessing employment and more. Most importantly, through all of Green Pastures’ support, the love of Christ is shared in word and deed. 

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. 

St Mungo’s have built a wide-ranging network of projects and services to help people become housed, healthier and more hopeful.
For anyone facing homelessness, St Mungo’s through their partnerships, make sure that they have somewhere safe and secure to sleep. Different people need different forms of accommodation, so they have a variety of properties that will suit your situation.

Guidelines to Prevent Homelessness

At best, avoid getting yourself into a situation where your tenancy can be terminated by your landlord.

The conditions of your tenancy as stipulated in your Tenancy Agreement must always be adhered to, to prevent eviction due to a breach.

Avoid being a nuisance to your neighbours by demonstrating behaviours that can be deemed as anti-social.  Like yourself, your neighbours deserve to enjoy their homes without fear of intimidation, noise and all other inappropriate conducts.

Adhere to the landlord’s rules pertaining to subletting, pets and taking in lodgers.

Avoiding engaging in any form of illegal activities to include the use of drugs as well as the sale and cultivation of them.

As soon as you become aware of a potential change in your circumstances that can lead to your inability to keep up with your rent payment, please seek help and advice immediately.  It may be a question of applying for housing benefit or getting your existing claim reassessed.

 Inform your landlord of the change in your circumstances and continue to update them regularly during the process.  You may also be entitled to Discretionary Housing Payment to assist with any shortfall that you are unable to meet, please enquire.

Should your landlord serve you with a notice of seeking possession under either section 21 or 8, please seek advice immediately if you are unable to resolve the issue before the expiration of the notice.  In some cases, the notice may even be defective if your landlord hasn’t met their obligations, hence rendering the notice ineffective.

A valid notice of seeking possession is not an eviction order – DON’T hand over your keys yet!!! You can still rectify the problem if you engage with your landlord and other agencies to reach an agreement.

Avoid going to court if you can as your landlord may also apply to pass on the court fees to you thereby increasing your debt.

Should going to court become inevitable, please seek advice immediately as it may still not be too late. 

Unless you are confident that you can challenge the claim against you and make a compelling representation to the judge to rule in your favour, please seek the services of a legal representative.

Should your circumstances change in your favour after an eviction order has been granted to your landlord, inform the court immediately with an application to stay the order and take the rightful steps to have the order suspended. 

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Where rent arrears are the reason for the eviction, if you are able to make the full payment even on the day; before or when the bailiffs arrive, you will not have to hand over your keys. 

 

Don’t bury your head in the sand! Seek help!! It is not over until it’s over!!!

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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 engaging with all stakeholders to prevent them becoming homeless.

Until you are certain that a place has been made available for the individual to go and stay safely do not let them leave your care as you will only be setting them up to fail or 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 their discharge.

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

Assist them with their Housing Benefit applications if necessary

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