Housing Support, Welfare and Benefits

We can help you with accessing information and support from us or other agencies on the following:

  • Housing  (through Housing Options)
  • Accessing our Housing First Program
  • Support with accessing and appealing benefits
  • Help with Local Authority Assistance and emergency food parcels

LCC (Leeds County Council) Housing Options also attend drop-in every Tuesday 1-4pm; they are on outreach with us every Wednesday 8-10:30pm, except the last Wednesday of the month.

You can find out more information by calling us on 0113-243-0036 or attending our drop in Mon-Wed (1-4pm) at the office.

Housing First

The Housing First scheme (limited access) allows us to offer fast track access to housing for service users who meet the following criteria:

  • Multiple disadvantages  (incl. mental health, history with criminal justice)
  • Homeless (or vulnerable housing)
  • Female (or identifying as) sex worker
  • Limited/no access to mainstream housing
  • In need of intensive support

How to refer: 

Fill out a Referral Form and send it to nicola.pickup@basisyorkshire.org.uk

A joint needs/risk assessment is made in partnership with Turning Lives Around. Housing First is unconditional other than engaging with Basis. Support is not only to find a property anywhere in Leeds; in addition intensive support is offered for as long as is necessary. Please note that we have a limited number of spaces and there is currently a waiting list.

To read more about the Basis Housing First Project as well as our evaluation, please click here.