Homelessness

While our offices are closed

While our offices are closed, if you need housing advice on homelessness, getting temporary accommodation, our housing register or renting in social housing, you can email housingoptions@thurrock.gov.uk or phone 01375 652 820.

Find a Home scheme

Our Find a Home scheme helps Thurrock residents who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, by providing funds to secure accommodation in the private sector.

The scheme offers:

  • a one-off cash payment equal to 2 months’ rent
  • financial help to rent a property in an area of choice, if you are eligible
  • an opportunity to find a property that meets your needs and is affordable within Local Housing Allowance rates
  • payments made directly to the agent or landlord of the property on your behalf

The landlord must provide:

  • proof of property ownership
  • an energy performance certificate (EPC)
  • a gas safety certificate
  • an electrical safety certificate
  • a carbon monoxide alarm, if appropriate
  • a copy of the signed tenancy agreement

Eligibility

You can benefit from this scheme if:

  • you are homeless or threatened with homelessness
  • you are aged between 18 and 59 years-old
  • you receive Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or are on a low income and receive of Working Tax Credit
  • you are unable to afford to pay a rent deposit or rent in advance
  • you would be willing to accept a tenancy for 12 months

How to apply

If you are eligible and interested in this scheme, contact our Homelessness team:

Homelessness team

: 01375 652 820

: housingoptions@thurrock.gov.uk