Leaving lodgings

If you are lodging with friends or family and do not have your own accommodation, if you are asked to leave you may have nowhere else to go.

If you have been asked to leave contact us as soon as you can.

We will advise you on what your immediate and long term housing options are and maybe try to negotiate with your friends/family to let you move back in, even if this is a short term measure to stop you being homeless.

If you are still lodging but want to secure your own accommodation, it is much better to stay where you are whilst you plan your move and find new accommodation.

Mediation

If you feel that you need some 'hands on' help sorting things out with the people you live with, we can arrange for mediation. A mediator is a sort of neutral referee who can help you all to sort out your problems. They don’t take sides, they don’t decide ‘who is right’ and they don’t tell you what to do. Instead, they’ll help you work things out for yourselves.

If you are interested in learning more about this, then contact us.

What help can we give you?

If all else fails, and you don’t have a bed to sleep on for the night, temporary accommodation might be your only option. The council has a duty to some people (but not everyone) to ensure that temporary accommodation is available if they are homeless.

However they do not have to provide temporary accommodation in all cases, but our advisors will do everything they can to help you find a place to stay.

We can also help you find more settled accommodation by applying to go on the housing register in this borough or another area, or by renting from a private landlord.

If you have nowhere to stay tonight

There are a number of organisations that help people who have nowhere to stay. They have specialist knowledge of the problems you face and the services available. They may be able to help you find somewhere to live or give you practical advice about safety, medical care and claiming benefits. These include:

  • Day centres (or drop-in centres)
  • Hostels
  • Night shelters

The Brick Project at 10 Arcade St, Wigan WN1 1LU is a drop-in centre for the homeless. It offers breakfast (Monday to Friday 9.30 - 1.00), food parcels, washing facilities and hats, socks and sleeping bags to keep you warm. It also provides access to support and health services, including a support service for women in crisis. They will do an assessment of your needs before they give you help to make sure they are providing the most appropriate support for you.

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