Hello, Caron -
I hope I am correct in thinking you reside in the United Kingdom.
I am answering from the USA and am a librarian by profession
I suggest you contact your local Council directly by making a telephone call.
I did find this information on council housing:
Councils decide who gets offered housing based on a 'points' or 'banding' system.
Points and bands are based on housing need. For example, you're likely to be offered housing first if you:
- are homeless
- live in cramped conditions
- have a medical condition made worse by your current home
Once you're high enough on the list, your council will contact you about an available property.
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