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Priority need

We must provide emergency housing if you meet the conditions:

  • be homeless
  • meet any immigration requirements
  • have a priority need´╗┐´╗┐.

The Housing Act 1996 defines what priority need is and who is vulnerable. Shelter England provides this information in an easy-to-understand way and can offer you advice.

Complete a homelessness enquiry with us so that we can help.

A priority need is when you:

  • have children who live with you
  • are pregnant or a partner you live with is pregnant
  • are a care leaver, either aged 16 to 17 years old or 18 to 20 years old and you spent time in care when you were 16 or 17 years old
  • are homeless because of domestic abuse
  • have other individual circumstances.

You may also have a priority need if you are considered vulnerable. You may be vulnerable if you:

  • are elderly
  • have a mental illness
  • have a learning or physical disability
  • are over 21 years old and in care
  • homeless because of a disaster, such as a fire or flood.

You may also be considered vulnerable if you have been in or are leaving:

Contact information

Housing and Family Support Team

Housing Solutions Team
County Hall
High Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Emergency contact number (out of hours only) (01983) 821105