Duty to refer someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness

Refer someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness

From 1 October 2018, there is a new legal duty on specified public authorities to refer service users to an English housing authority if they may be:

  • homeless
  • threatened with homelessness

If you are a specified public authority or another organisation wanting to make a referral to:

  • Cherwell District Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council

please register with and use the ALERT portal using the hyperlink below.

Make a referral to the ALERT portal

For technical issues and queries, please contact the ALERT support team on 01962851747 or email [email protected].

The five Oxfordshire housing authorities, in partnership with the Oxfordshire Trailblazer Champions’ Network, have developed a countywide procedure to support the new duty.

If you are making a referral within Oxfordshire please consult and follow the procedure, which will help realise the true potential of the new duty for the people of Oxfordshire. You can find the procedure document and a summary in the links below.

Oxfordshire referral procedure

Oxfordshire summary procedure