You should start exploring your housing options as soon as you know you are leaving the armed forces.
Reading Borough Council is committed to honouring the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The aim of the Covenant is to encourage all parties within a community to offer support to the local Armed Forces community – including veterans – and make it easier for services personnel, families
and veterans to access the help and support available.
If you are likely to need advice and assistance to find accommodation you should contact the Homeless Prevention Service straightaway.
We will assess your situation and give you advice on your options so you can make an informed decision about your housing.
Six months before you leave the forces, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will give you a Certificate of Cessation of Entitlement with the date that you will stop being entitled to forces accommodation. You should give this to the Homeless Prevention Service as soon as it is issued.
You can also contact the JSHAO for advice on your civilian housing options at any time during your career. Call 01252 787574 or attend one of their civilian housing options briefs delivered across the UK, Germany and Cyprus each year.
The JSHAO also runs the MOD referral scheme which may help you to find a housing association home. You can apply if you are:
If you have already left the armed forces and are homeless or threatened with homelessness you should immediately get in touch with the Homeless Prevention Service. We will assess your situation and work with you to create a personalised housing plan which will include your housing options.
As someone who has been in the armed forces you may be entitled to emergency accommodation. Emergency accommodation can be provided if we assess you as being in priority need. You will normally have a priority need if you, or someone in your household:
We will discuss options that are appropriate for you and your household. The demand for all forms of housing in Reading is very high therefore you should explore all the housing options which are available to you.
Your options may include:
LHA limits the amount of benefit/credit you could get towards your rent based on the number of bedrooms your household is eligible for. You can ask for these payments to go directly to your landlord.
This organisation is provided in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Shelter and Connect Assist. Their main aim is to make is easier for you to access information and support including applying for veterans housing schemes, help with deposits, buying a home in the UK and finding supported accommodation.
This charity provides advice and assistance to those eligible for help across a range of issues including housing advice and the provision of some housing facilities.
Call 0800 731 4880 or 020 7463 9398 or visit www.ssafa.org.uk
A housing advice and placement service providing a national network of supported housing options for veterans with a range of needs.
Call 01748 833 797 or visit www.spaces.org.uk
This service provides immediate, practical support to all ex – armed forces personnel who are homeless, facing homelessness or in crisis.
Call 0800 012 6867 or visit www.veterans-aid.net
This service provides general needs housing for ex-service single people and families.
This service provides supported accommodation for veterans with support needs such as physical disability, mental health issues, substance misuse issues, homelessness or ongoing health
Call 020 7385 2110 or visit www.stoll.org.uk
We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You will initially be seen by a Housing Advice Support Officer who will then allocate your case to either:
Call: 0118 937 2165 (office hours)
Drop-in Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU