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    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 13th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
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    Housing issue
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
    Housing issue 13th Mar 17 at 2:50 PM
    Hi I'm 21 a full time student but on break due to medical condition. I suffer from multiple disabilities; depression, anxiety, partially sighted, colonic inertia. I've had a real hard time the last 5 months been in and out of hospital. My mum is disabled too and wants me out the house by next week. I have no other family here so wouldn't be able to stay with anyone and suffer from social anxiety so have no friends and am by myself. I don't know where to start with housing. I am not in receipt of any benefits, I had a pip assessment last week so still awaiting the outcome.
    I will be homeless as next Monday. Do I present myself at the council? I have no idea please help. x
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 13th Mar 17, 2:56 PM
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    Yep you can present yourself, they may also have homeless prevention teams either through the council or working alongside.

    Initially you will be placed in emergency accommodation more than likely, which can be a bed and breakfast or a shared house.
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    • Bogalot
    • By Bogalot 13th Mar 17, 2:58 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 2:58 PM
    Yes, you should contact the housing service at your local authority. The options they can offer you will vary between areas, but be aware that in some they will expect you to fend for yourself.

    Once you have found somewhere to live you should apply for housing benefit. You should also apply for ESA if you are not fit for work.
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 13th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
    Why can you not live at home.
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
    • Bogalot
    • By Bogalot 13th Mar 17, 3:01 PM
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    Yep you can present yourself, they may also have homeless prevention teams either through the council or working alongside.

    Initially you will be placed in emergency accommodation more than likely, which can be a bed and breakfast or a shared house.
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    Emergency accommodation is only available in very limited circumstances. Even with their health conditions it's quite possible OP will not qualify, unless they are in one of the rare areas that has accom readily available.
    • w06
    • By w06 13th Mar 17, 4:26 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 4:26 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 4:26 PM
    Are you formally suspended from University? If not, and possibly even if so, your university welfare office might be able to help signpost to possible solutions, and or help with accomodation.
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 1:05 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:05 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:05 AM
    Hi no I haven't been suspended. I fell sick in October and was in hospital so took a few months off to recover but uni finishes next month so they said to take the remaining semester out as it's not exactly ideal due to my condition (I'm wearing nappies atm). I will be going back in September
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 1:07 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:07 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:07 AM
    Thanks for the reply! I submitted an ESA application about 2 weeks ago as I was working but stopped in October when I fell sick. I haven't heard anything as yet but still have a bit of my wages saved which I'm struggling to live on
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 1:11 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:11 AM
    My mum is severely disabled with careers coming in 3 times a day, since I fell sick in October I haven't been able to do anything. I share a bedroom with my 11 year old sister and it's not exactly convenient as I'm up all night in constant pain, soiling myself and generally very depressed. My mood literally goes from 0-100 and I can't help my emotions. I find it very hard to speak out due to my social anxiety and have literally fallen into a horrid dark place. The other room is used for my mums specialist equipment and that where she has her training and Physio carried out
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 14th Mar 17, 5:53 AM
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    It seems like you had a lot going on in your life coping with your mum's disability and then your own health. Benefit and HB aside, please make sure you focus your energy on getting the proper help for your health. The longer you put it behind you, the harder it will be to get better. You are young and clearly clever and hard working, so have a lot to look forward to. The NHS is far from perfect, but there are professionals out there to help people like you. Good luck.
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 14th Mar 17, 11:36 AM
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    I don't quite understand why your mother should want you to leave.

    It seems to me that you will need to hang on at home and see your doctor as soon as possible about treatment and a fit note and then apply for ESA.

    Will Hall of Residence accommodation be available to you in September?
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 12:07 PM
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    It goes deeper into just medical issues, there's literally no space whatsoever with all of the equipment and were like two strangers to each other. I go to a uni that's quite local to me (30mins travel) so halls would be pointless I think..plus I don't think it would be ideal as I use a commode, bath seat and a walking stick
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 12:08 PM
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    I don't know what I need to take to the council..I have all proof of my medical diagnosis. My mum can't type a letter so I would have to but I don't know what to include
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 14th Mar 17, 1:21 PM
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    just go to the council and make a homeless application.

    They will tell you what evidence you need.

    At least you will have made a start in the process.

    Have you got a CAB that you could visit to help you?
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 1:50 PM
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    Is that citizens advice? I have one that I could give a call or go to..I'll go tomorrow morning if
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 14th Mar 17, 1:55 PM
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    Is that citizens advice? I have one that I could give a call or go to..I'll go tomorrow morning if
    Originally posted by Glondon12
    Yes, it's citizens advice.

    Enter your postcode here:

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-we-provide-advice/advice/

    and it should tell you when they are open and whether it is a drop in service or you have to make an appointment.
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 14th Mar 17, 2:37 PM
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    Thank you, I'm on the site now speaking to an advice on their web chat
    • Lamentation
    • By Lamentation 16th Mar 17, 12:40 PM
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    I go to a uni that's quite local to me (30mins travel) so halls would be pointless I think..plus I don't think it would be ideal as I use a commode, bath seat and a walking stick
    Originally posted by Glondon12
    I know you intend to drop out of studies for the rest of this year.

    Usually the policy that bans local students from applying to live in halls is relaxed if there are vacancies and at this point of the academic calendar, due to students dropping out of the courses, many halls will have vacancies. If you are still enrolled as a student, you could check if this is an option for you though if you leave your course, you can't usually stay.

    At one institution I worked for, candidates that were put forward by the student support service as homeless were prioritised and their previous address history was ignored. The requirement to pay a deposit and first month's rent in advance was waived and a payment plan was set up (this will vary from place to place, though).

    Additionally, some colleges/Unis will prioritise accommodation applications from those with disabilities and can offer some support services, including access to adapted rooms and hardship fund/rent payment bursaries.

    Most halls these days tend to be ensuite.

    Read up on the advice on the Shelter website about your options for dealing with homelessness and how the local council is supposed to assess your application.
    • Glondon12
    • By Glondon12 23rd Mar 17, 12:43 PM
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    Hi just an update. Went to the housing today and they sent me for an appointment. They weren't helpful and said that I should tell my mum to get a house transfer if the house is overcrowded. It's not just that she wants me out. I live in a 3 bed house which one room is used for her medical supplies and has a sofa bed as the carer stays 4-5 times a week. I don't know what else I can do.
    • professor~yaffle
    • By professor~yaffle 23rd Mar 17, 2:00 PM
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    You would need to get proof from your mum that you're homeless as from <whatever date>, otherwise the council will fob you off and say you've got somewhere to live already.
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