“If we’re going to turn back the tide on women’s homelessness, we need to listen to women and better understand their needs. For the women who feel like there’s nowhere to turn, Shelter is here. Our emergency helpline is open 365 days a year so no one has to face homelessness alone.”
It should be noted Universal Credit is not the only benefit available to Britons which can help with housing costs.
For those living in supported, sheltered or temporary housing, Universal Credit can only be claimed if they are not getting “care, support or supervision” through their housing.
Additionally, they will not be able to get Universal Credit to help with housing costs if they’re living in supported or sheltered housing (such as a hostel) which provides them with “care, support or supervision”, they’re living in temporary accommodation, such as a B&B arranged by their council or they’re living in a refuge for survivors of domestic abuse.
Britons in these circumstances can instead apply for Housing Benefit.