If you are aged 16-25 and are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless then your local Foyer may be able to help you.


The majority of Foyers currently require a referral, which usually comes from the local housing authority. In order to gain a referral, in the vast majority of cases, you will need to be able to demonstrate a connection to the local area. A local connection means that you have lived in the area for more than six months or that you have a family member living in the area (proof is generally required).

The Foyer Federation does not own any housing and as such we cannot provide accommodation or make a referral. You will need to speak to your local Foyer or your local housing authority.

Who can advise me?

Use the search function on our website to find your local Foyer. Give them a call to ask about the procedure to get a referral. They may ask you to contact your local housing authority, or local housing centre. The local authority will look into your situation to see if they have a legal responsibility to help you as a homeless person.

You can search for your local housing advice centres by using this link, or you can click on the Find a Foyer search button below.


You can call Shelter on: 0808 800 4444

8am-8pm Monday-Friday
8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday

Calls are free from UK landlines and main
mobile networks (Virgin, Orange, 3, T-mobile, Vodafone and O2).

They will answer your call as quickly as they can and treat it confidentially. The helpline gets very busy at times, but please keep trying. Calls are recorded for training purposes.

Shelter advisers can:

  • give you immediate, practical assistance
  • explain your rights
  • offer advice and guidance
  • suggest specialist or local support services to help you longer term