Being homeless doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping on the streets. You can be legally classed as homeless if you’re sleeping on your friend's sofa, living somewhere that’s overcrowded, staying in a hostel or suffering other bad conditions.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, please contact your local authority first of all.

Lambeth Council   www.lambeth.gov.uk/housing/housing-advice 

Walsall Council  go.walsall.gov.uk/finding_a_home

Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity has a website http://www.shelter.org.uk/ packed with advice on homelessness, your rights and where to get more help and support.