Housing and homelessness

Facing homelessness - or feeling vulnerable or unsafe at home - can be one of the most stressful and distressing situations you can experience. If you are having problems with your housing there are people you can turn to for help and different options for support.



Find support

You can find out where you can get help with any housing problems in the practical help section of I need help now! This includes information about:

  • Finding emotional support.
  • Getting urgent help for homelessness.
  • Housing support for people with mental health problems.
  • Access to emergency accommodation for women and men experiencing domestic violence.

If you are struggling to cope and need to talk to someone now, you can call:

  • The Connect helpline on 0808 800 1212 (freephone) which gives emotional support and information to people in Leeds every night of the year (6pm-2am).
  • The Samaritans on 116 123 (freephone) - open 24 hours a day.

The Mental Health Homeless Team (by professional referral only)

The Mental Health Homeless Team at Leeds City Council provides a dedicated floating support service for people who are faced with homelessness and who also have mental health problems.

Professionals, GPs, Housing Officers, CMHNs or social workers can make a referral to the team by downloading a referral form from their website. Find out more about referral criteria. Email the team at mentalhealthhomelessteam@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 378 2567.

You can still register with a GP if you're homeless. NHS England has published a leaflet that can help you know how to register and what to do if you're refused. how-to-register-with-a-gp-homeless.pdf

Learn more

The Shelter website has information about all areas of homelessness and housing including:

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure at home and it's particularly important if you are experiencing mental health problems. Mind's guide to housing and mental health talks you through all the relevant issues including financial support and finding the right kind of accommodation to suit your needs. You can also access a useful factsheet produced by Rethink Mental Illness which gives information about the different housing options.

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