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Hostel and night shelter accommodation

We do not have a legal duty to provide crisis accommodation for everyone who finds themselves homeless.

For many single homeless people, supported accommodation is one option. This is available in hostels, shared houses and flats.

Direct access hostels and night shelters provide accommodation for people without a bed for the night. Homeless people can usually refer themselves. You would need to take proof of identity and income. Some hostels need to see two forms of identification as well as your National Insurance Number.

Our emergency housing information leaflet provides contact details and lists hostels that need a referral from a local authority and those where you can turn up and apply for a place yourself (which is known as 'self-referral').

If you haven't already, contact us to discuss your housing options.