Q352: I am homeless, will the police help me?
The police only have limited capabilities in helping homeless people. If you are made homeless in office hours then the best place to go is to the council who often have specialist centres dedicated to helping homeless people find accommodation.
If you find yourself homeless out of office hours then attend at the nearest police station. The police will have details of local hostels and will contact each one to try and find you a place in a suitable hostel. The police can only help in finding you a place for that night, for any long-term accommodation the hostel and the local authority will be able to help you.
If you do unfortunately find yourself homeless then it is advisable to attend as early as possible at the local authority or police station as places in hostels fill up very quickly.
You will be asked a series of quite personal questions relating to any problems with alcohol, drugs or mental health. These questions are important for the safety of the staff and other residents at the hostel. You are also likely to be asked for your National Insurance number.
A useful telephone numbers is:
Shelterline 0808 800 4444 (8am-8pm weekdays and 8am-5pm weekends).