Having a safe home is something we all need but sometimes we can experience housing difficulties that cause a lot of stress and make it difficult to enjoy family life. The following is a range of information to help with different housing problems you may experience, from paying your council tax to homelessness. We hope this helps you find information on your rights and responsibilities and where you can go for help and support.
Council housing services and housing benefits
These are the responsibility of your local borough or district council. See the Housing page for a list of local boroughs and councils.
Citizens advice provides a whole range of information on housing issues from general housing advice, renting, mortgage arrears to homelessness support.
See the Shelter website for information, advice and support on a whole range of housing issues.
Advice Now offers information on a range of housing issues, from your rights in rented accommodation, buying or selling your house, benefits, overcrowding and emergency accommodation to problems with neighbours
Housing related support
Housing related support promotes independent living. Support is offered to people aged 16 and over who need help to stay in their present accommodation or to find suitable accommodation.
Warwickshire Preventing Homelessness, Improving Lives (P.H.I.L.)
Warwickshire Preventing Homelessness, Improving Lives (P.H.I.L.) aims to provide support if you are still in your accommodation but are at risk of homelessness. They also run drop-ins for advice through the Children and Family Centres.
Healthwatch Warwickshire Rights to Access Project
Healthwatch Warwickshire Rights to Access Project helps people who are experiencing homelessness to get healthcare when they need it. They have produced a plastic Rights to Access card for people to keep with them and show at a GP surgery if they need treatment for urgent medical care.
The Hope 4 charity helps homeless, badly housed and hungry people in Rugby. They provide:
- the Hope Centre to give people food, warmth, laundry and showers
- a Winter Night Shelter from December through to the end of March
- the Rugby Foodbank so that local people can have emergency food packages
They are based at the Hope Centre, 8 Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LJ
Living in temporary accommodation: a parents’ survival guide
Living in temporary accommodation: a parents’ survival guide - a downloadable resource from Anna Freud national centre for children and families.
Orbit Better Days
Orbit Better Days provides mental wellbeing and support service for Orbit customers.
Breathing Space provides mental health support from Mental Health Matters for Orbit customers.
Heart – helping you live independently at home
Heart – helping you live independently at home is a partnership service between Warwickshire Councils providing advice and assistance on disabled adaptations and home improvements. Contact Heart North or Heart South depending on which area you live in.
Help to Live At Home
Help to Live At Home includes a whole range of pages from assistive technology, care and support plan, meals at home, recovery, care, housing support, OT, disability, etc.
Options if you can’t live at home
Extra care is a service offered to people over the page of 55 who may be thinking of moving or need to leave home due to life changes or health difficulties.