It is often a combination of experiences and circumstances that causes homelessness or puts people at risk of losing their home. One problem can lead to another so it’s important to act quickly and not let things spiral out of control.
The good news is that there are many organisations and charities in the borough that can help you.
Staying with friends or family either temporarily or on a longer-term basis or sofa surfing. Guildford HOST – Riverside
Contact with the criminal justice system e.g. going to prison. Citizens Advice Guildford & Ash | The charity for your community (ca-ga.org.uk) or contact your landlord
Being frightened, hurt or controlled by a partner, ex-partner or family member How to get help | Healthy Surrey
Struggling to engage with essential services (e.g. benefits) due to lack of knowledge or confidence using technology or not having access to Wi-Fi or devices.
Knowing that your problems are stacking up but lacking confidence or knowledge to deal with things. Home – Guildford Action
You or someone you live with has problems with drugs, alcohol or gambling Gamblers Anonymous – Guildford | Surrey Information Point, i-access Drug & Alcohol Service : Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (surreydrugandalcohol.com), Home – Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Service in Surrey (catalystsupport.org.uk)
Problems with welfare benefits
Struggling to afford to live on your earnings or benefits
Constantly borrowing from others to make ends meet
Change in circumstances that reduces your income or increases your expenses
Getting into debt and struggling with debt repayments
For all money advice contact Citizens Advice Guildford & Ash | The charity for your community (ca-ga.org.uk)
Not paying your rent and getting into arrears.
Ignoring your rent arrears, not opening post, avoiding contact with your landlord etc.
Experiencing problems with others you live with or your neighbours e.g. anti-social behaviour.
People complaining about you or the things you are doing in or near your home.
Get in touch with your landlord to discuss these problems asap.
If you would support to contact your landlord Citizens Advice Guildford & Ash | The charity for your community (ca-ga.org.uk); Guildford HOST – Riverside
Losing your job or being made redundant Contact Jobcentre Plus – Jobcentre Plus Local Office Search – GOV.UK (dwp.gov.uk), CAP Job Club – Millmead – Guildford Baptist Church
Planning to leave or losing your live-in job Guildford HOST – Riverside
Need help to gain qualifications to get work
Problems which affect your attendance at work (and consequently your ability to pay rent) e.g. transport difficulties, specialist clothing required
Health and wellbeing
Difficulty managing anxiety or stress Mental health help in Surrey and Kent – With You (wearewithyou.org.uk), Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Experiencing physical or mental health problems – Contact your GP for help or NHS 111
Struggling to cope with mental health problems or heading towards crisis point Safe Haven: Guildford : Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (sabp.nhs.uk),
Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen If you are immediate danger call 999
Feeling isolated or lonely – Community Connections | Catalyst (catalystsupport.org.uk), Home – Guildford Action,