This is a clear guide to the steps a local authority needs to take to identify whether there is a duty to provide accommodation. The guide introduces the law in England and Wales on homelessness and provides explanations of what is meant by vulnerability and suitability of accommodation. The guide includes a flow-chart of the help a local authority needs to give and a template application letter that can be used. This information can help people to access homeless services in an informed and prepared way, prevent poor decision making on behalf of local authorities and ensure effective sign posting to other sources of expert help.
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