The Council has a duty to find a home for you if you are homeless and fit any of these criteria:

You are homeless by definition

You are homeless by definition of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) if you:

  • Have nowhere to live or are threatened with having nowhere to live
  • Can only stay temporarily with friends or family
  • Are at risk of violence or harassment in your home
  • Are likely to be evicted within 28 days
  • Have somewhere to live, but it is not reasonable for you to remain there
  • Have been locked out of your home and are not allowed back in
  • You have to live apart because there is nowhere suitable for you and other members of your household to live together

You are in priority need

Some groups of people are more vulnerable to homelessness because they have particular needs, have fewer rights or are less able to cope by themselves. These include:

  • Older people
  • Young people
  • People at risk of violence at home
  • People made homeless as a result of fire, flooding or some other disaster
  • People with physical or mental health problems
  • People with children or who are pregnant
  • Ex-prisoners

You are unintentionally homeless

You may be unintentionally homeless if:

  • It was not reasonable for you to stay in your last home
  • You left your home because of domestic violence or fear of violence
  • Your home went with your job
  • You did not know your rights

You have a local connection

You may have a local connection with Oldham if:

  • You have lived in Oldham for 6 out of the last 12 months or for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • You have permanent employment in the Oldham
  • You have family associations

You are eligible for public funds (this is an immigration issue)

You are probably not eligible for assistance if you are:

  • An asylum seeker
  • From abroad and have limits to your rights to stay in the UK
  • Not entitled to claim public funds
  • Not normally resident in the UK or are living here illegally