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6. What if I need help finding somewhere to live?
The Ministry of Defence and ex-Service welfare organisations can help with your housing needs before, while and after you are discharged. If you are homeless or think you might become homeless, you should seek housing advice as early as possible. You can contact the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA Forces Help) Housing Advisory Service, the Royal British Legion, or Ex Service Action Group on Homelessness (ESAG) for information and advice (see 'Further help' for details).
If you need help to find housing, local housing authorities provide free housing and homelessness advice and other assistance, such as a rent deposit scheme. You can also apply to a local council or registered social landlord, such as a housing association, for rented housing. However, in some areas demand for rented housing is high and it may take some time before something becomes available. As a last resort, your local council may by law have to find you somewhere to live in the short term, until you find a settled home. Whether it does this will depend on whether:
You are someone in priority need if you, or people you live with:
There is a special home for veterans who served in Polish Forces under British Command in the Second World War, which is run by the Veterans Agency. For more information, contact the Veterans Agency.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the Ministry of Defence. It was written in association with Citizens Advice.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
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