Homeless and housing options


Many people assume that being homeless just means sleeping on the street, this is not correct.

You are homeless if you have no permanent accommodation of your own, so you could be:

  • Sleeping rough
  • Staying on a friend's floor or settee
  • Living in a hostel, bed and breakfast or refuge.

You could also be threatened with homelessness if you have your own home but are at risk of losing it for reasons such as:

  • Being asked to leave by your landlord or parents
  • Suffering domestic violence or harassment
  • Leaving the armed forces, prison or hospital
  • Getting into rent or mortgage arrears
  • Your relationship has broken down

We have a legal responsibility to help homeless people and their families by providing advice and information.

We only have a duty to accommodate those who are found to be unintentionally homeless, eligible for assistance, in priority need and able to demonstrate a connection to the local area.

This duty is under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002, amended by the Homeless Reduction Act 2017.

If you are homeless or about to become so:

We will try to prevent homelessness whenever possible. We can advise about different housing options, private renting, social housing and supported accommodation. We may be able to secure temporary accommodation for you until permanent accommodation is found.

To speak with a member of our team please complete our referral form and we will be in contact within 3 working days; or visit our One Stop Shop at Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB; opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.

If you are in need of emergency help outside of office hours, please call: 0300 222 5946 and Select Option 9



Rossendale BC's Prevention of Homlessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and Review 2018-21 can be downloaded here