Under Section 213b of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, specified public authorities are required to notify a housing authority of service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days. S213b Duty to Refer came into effect on 1st October 2018.
If you represent one of the below public authorities, you are subject to the Duty to Refer:
Reading Borough Council champions early homelessness prevention and early interventions. We go a step further in Reading, promoting the Duty to Refer mechanism as the single access gateway for fellow professionals, both from statutory and non-statutory organisations. We want to hear from you, even before your service user is threatened with losing their home within 56 days, as long there are any tenancy concerns or factors that may lead onto homelessness. Please do not wait until your customer is served with a notice, contact us if you have any concerns regarding potential homelessness.
Factors and circumstances that may lead onto homelessness include loss of income/benefits, various debts, domestic abuse or risk of violence, exploitation issues, substance misuse, physical and mental health factors, serious disrepair issues, relationship breakdowns and serious overcrowding, amongst others. We want to hear from you before they worsen and become a real threat of homelessness.
Before making a referral, you must: