Emergency Accommodation

Below are some emergency accommodation solutions for young people.  

Under 18?

If the young person you are working with is under 18 years old you should contact the local council either via their housing department during the day or the emergency out hours social worker during the evening. You should be able to find out the contact details by visiting the website of the local authority.


Nightstop is a scheme run by Depaul UK which provides emergency accommodation in the homes of local volunteers for young people aged 16-25 from one night a week to several days or weeks at a time. Young people are referred from recognised agencies who are working with them to find a longer term solution to their housing need.

You have the best chance of getting a space for the night if you get the referral in as soon as possible on the day. You could ring to check availability in advance.

Nightstop London

Tel: 020 7939 1237


Download a refer form here

Nightstop Referral Form for Agencies 2013

Download the guidance here

 London Nightstop Referral Form Guidance Notes

Winter Shelters

During the winter months there are a number shelters which maybe able to take a young person in an emergency the 2015/16 list is attached below. These venues aren’t always ideal and sometimes there are waiting lists. We would advise young people to explore other options before.

2015/2016 Winter Shelters

London Winter Shelters List 2015-16 version 2

Emergency Weather

Local authorities have a duty to accommodate people during period of severe weather.There is no strict definition of what counts as ‘severe weather’. Local authorities should pro-actively identify any weather that could increase the risk of serious harm to people sleeping rough and put measures in place to minimise this. This includes extreme cold, wind and rain. It is important not to presume when, or in what form,
severe weather will occur.  However a generally rule is when the weather is below zero degrees for 3 consecutive nights. More information about this can be found on Homeless Links website



Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm is an emergency night shelter, completely free to guests, providing bed, dinner and breakfast for 44 homeless people every night of the year. Due to high demand the shelter is often full but is worth contacting them to see if they have a vacancy.


Rough Sleeping

Unfortunately, in London, due to extensive demand on housing some people can find themselves without a place to stay for the night. ‘Sleeping rough’ is a phrase used to describe people who sleep in public spaces or other areas which are not intended living spaces.

Rough sleeping can be dangerous especially if you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) due to the increased risk of hate crime. If you find yourself rough sleeping you should try to seek help as soon as possible.

Below is a guide on  rough sleeping which includes some tips for people who find themselves on the street.

FACTSHEET – Rough sleeping LONDON