Homelessness is something that can happen to anyone at any time. Dumfries and Galloway Council has a legal obligation to help homeless people. Firstly, staff will assess the housing situation and secondly, by offering temporary or permanent accommodation to the applicant.
To be accepted as a homeless person for permanent re-housing in Dumfries and Galloway, you must:
- Be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 2 months
- Have a priority need
- Not have made yourself intentionally homeless
- Have a local connection with Dumfries and Galloway.
DGHP works closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council to help them meet legal obligations towards homeless people and people threatened with homelessness.
We have a legal duty to provide permanent accommodation, where the Council refers people to us for this purpose under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. DGHP is responsible for responding to homeless applications for housing and we will offer accommodation that meets the specified needs as soon as a suitable property becomes available,
Anyone who is homeless and finds themselves with nowhere to stay when the area offices are closed should contact the Out of Hours Emergency Service on 0800 811 505 for help.