Paul Hamlin, Project Manager from Pathway gives an introduction to some of the legal basics around homelessness and gives some practical advice on how clinicians can help.

Here are the useful resources mentioned by Paul:

Homeless Link Service Finder:


Shelter: overview of emergency measures introduced to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that are relevant to homelessness:


Shelter Helpline: 0808 800 4444

Advice for people experiencing homelessness

Available 8am – 8pm on weekdays, 9am – 5pm on weekends


NHAS: 0300 330 0517

Advice for professionals

Available between 9am – 6pm (8am – 6pm during COVID)


NRPF network – (No Recourse to Public Funds) Network: A national network safeguarding the welfare of destitute families, adults and care leavers who are unable to access benefits due to their immigration status.


Groundswell – Coronavirus advice for people experiencing homelessness


NHAS – Free Training for Staff


Letter from Minister for Rough Sleeping on funding for emergency accommodation during the pandemic, and support for EEA rough sleepers:


More on Pathway Teams:


More on evidencing medical ‘vulnerability’ under the HRA:


Pathway resources on the legal ‘Duty to Refer’:


Homelessness Code of Guidance for local authorities. Recently updated in response to COVID: