Duty To Refer

Homelessness Reduction Act: Duty to Refer

Under section 213B of the Homelesness Reduction Act 2018, specified public authorities are required to notify a housing authority of service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness (likely they will become homeless within 56 days).

Before making a referral, you must:

Have consent to the referral from the individualAllow the individual to identify the housing authority in England which they would like the notification to be made to; andHave consent from the individual that their contact details can be supplied so the housing authority can contact them regarding the referral

The public authorities which are subject to the duty to refer are specified in The Homelessness (Review Procedure etc.) Regulations 2018. They include:

Prisons Youth offender institutionsSecure training centresYouth offending teamsProbation services (including CRC)Jobcentre PlusSocial service authoritiesEmergency departmentsUrgent treatment centresHospitals (inpatients)

To make a referral in accordance with this duty please complete the Duty to Refer form and email to Housing.options@derby.gov.uk

For further information on this duty, visit:

Shelter or to read the government factsheets on all aspects of the Homelessness Reduction Act, go here.