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If you are a former member of the armed forces threatened by homelessness, there are a variety of support options available to you.

Advice and support

If you are leaving the armed forces, you have the right to approach any local housing authority for assistance, regardless of your local connection to that area.

Some local authorities may give additional priority to former members of the armed forces on their council’s housing register.

Joint Service Housing Advice can provide housing guidance before discharge from the armed forces and advise if you want to move to civilian accommodation during your service.

Veterans UK Online offer advice on housing when you leave the armed forces.

The Royal British Legion Industries (01622 795910 or housing@rbli.co.uk), can help with finding housing and employment. They may also be able to provide temporary accommodation. 

The Soldiers’ Charity (0207 901 8900), can offer assistance to veterans aged 16-65, with everything from rental arrears and furnishing your home to ensure it’s suitable to providing financial assistance for moving into a new home. 

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity (0800 731 4480 or hertfordshire@ssafa.org.uk), can help all current and former members of the armed forces. They can provide and assist with finding housing, give advice on debt/welfare and offer support for the families of veterans and serving personnel.

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (0239 269 0112 or rnbt@rnbt.org.uk), can provide help to both veterans and serving members of the Royal Navy. The Trust may be able to provide assistance with rental arrears, furnishing your home and debt relief.  

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (0800 169 2942 or mail@rafbf.org.uk), offers support to veterans of the RAF in financial need. Grants can help with living costs and a variety of unexpected financial burdens. 

Veterans’ Gateway, (0808 802 1212), is a single point of contact for former personnel seeking advice and support. They will put you in contact with the relevant local support organisation based on your situation. 

Hertfordshire Heroes can help veterans in the Hertfordshire area to access various support services.

If you require further advice or assistance, phone the Housing Options team on 01438 242242 or email using, housing.options@stevenage.gov.uk.

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