Most prisons now have someone who can provide advice on housing options, and your Probation Officer or Youth Offending Officer, should also be able to help. This can include trying to make sure you don't lose your home when you go into custody, through planning for your release. If you are still serving a sentence of 12 months or less, ‘Through the Gate’ services are available in prison and can advise you how to find housing on release from prison.
NACRO’s Resettlement Advice Service on 0300 123 1999 can advise you on your housing options after leaving prison. It is difficult to get housing on release from prison so staying with friends and family can be a good short-term option. If relationships with family or friends have broken down, you may need to show them that you have dealt with past issues.
If you are homeless after leaving prison, the council will be able to offer you an appointment for a full assessment of your circumstances please click here to complete our self-referral form on our homelessness advice page. We will work together with you, and any support agencies, to prevent you from becoming homeless. If your homelessness cannot be prevented we will offer you help to resolve your homelessness situation.