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Added 23 March 2022

Homelessness services have historically been reluctant to offer housing and support to couples. As a result, people may be faced with a choice between their housing and their partner, and this often extends the time they are homeless on the streets.

This page features guidance (published November 2022) on Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claims for couples, to help services plan and shape their support.

Who is it for?

It is aimed at staff working with people who live in hostels and other supported accommodation.

St Mungo's Homeless Couples and Relationships Toolkit (published March 2020) is also hosted below, with practical guidance for teams in services to develop their support.