Housing and homelessness

Need help to find a house to rent? - Social housing

Social housing is lower cost rented housing provided by landlords who are registered with the social housing regulator, they are often known as Housing Associations. Incommunities is the major social housing provider in the Bradford district, managing almost 22,500 houses, flats and sheltered housing. Demand for social housing across the Bradford district is high and many more people want social housing than the number of homes that become available.

How to apply for social housing?

Need help to find a house to rent? - Private Rented Homes

Private rented homes can offer lots of different types and sizes of homes across the Bradford district.  It can often be quicker to get a home that is rented privately.

Bradford Council’s Private Sector Lettings Scheme is a free tenant finder service for landlords and agents. The scheme will benefit prospective tenants in the following ways:

  • paying a month’s rent in advance on behalf of the tenant if they receive benefits or are on a low income. 
  • a bond is not required as the scheme provides the landlord with a rent guarantee/damage waiver.
  • properties are checked by Housing Standards to ensure that they are safe and free from hazards.

Support for you

The Housing Options Service can help you with all sorts of housing related problems. Together we can look at your situation and decide on the best way to help you tackle your problems to enjoy trouble-free housing.

Tel: 01274 435999

The office is open Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays, outside of these times the telephone line will be answered by the emergency duty team.

e-mail: housingoptions@bradford.gov.uk

Help if you are homeless or about to become homeless?

Worried about where you will sleep tonight?

If you’re worried about where you are going to sleep tonight, please let us know. You can get our help by coming to our Housing Options service:

Britannia House
Hall Ings
BD1 1HX ( can we include map)
01274 435999

Town Hall
Bow Street
BD21 3PA (can we include map)
01274 435999

If it is outside of normal office hours, please contact our emergency duty team on 01274 381999

At risk of becoming homeless?

The Housing Options Service offers a free and confidential service. Our specially trained team can help with all sorts of housing related problems. Together we can look at your situation and decide on the best way to help you tackle your problems to enjoy trouble-free housing.

We will carry out a simple options interview to find out how we can help you. Our team have lots of experience in this subject and a network of contacts, and they can help in the following ways:

  • Preventing you from becoming homeless
  • Helping you to claim all the benefits you’re entitled to
  • Helping you to find alternative accommodation
  • Working with your landlord on your behalf, and sorting out any problems or issues like rent arrears and repayment plans
  • Referring you to supported housing schemes or organising any other support that you might need
  • Showing you where to find other agencies and organisations that can help you with problems or worries
  • Helping you to find secure private rented accommodation
  • Giving you useful advice on things like debt, mortgage arrears, rent arrears, disrepair, overcrowding, under-occupancy, domestic violence
  • Struggling to pay your rent
  • Struggling to pay your mortgage
  • Housing options self help

Support for you

Contact Housing options

Tel: 01274 435999

e-mail: housingoptions@bradford.gov.uk

There are also specialist housing advice and support services within the Bradford district who may be able to provide support, you can find them on our service directory.

Day Shelter

The Day Shelter is a service commissioned by Bradford council. It provides an independent and safe service for people aged 16+ who are homeless or who are vulnerably housed.

There are two elements to the service – specific housing related assistance and a community centre approach, which provides support in other related areas.

Housing assistance support for you:

  • Assessment of immediate housing needs
  • Housing referrals
  • Benefits support & advice
  • Utilities support & advice
  • Support to open a bank account
  • Signposting to other specialist services

Community Centre support for you:

  • Breakfast and lunch provided, there is a nominal charge for the £1 special served between 12:00 and 13:00
  • Showers, clothing and laundry
  • Secure phone charging points
  • Physical & mental health support
  • Substance use support
  • Access to TV, computers and leisure facilities
  • Support with employment and training
  • Referrals to foodbanks

How to access the day shelter?

The Day Shelter is open from 08:45 to 16:00 Monday to Friday.

If you are homeless you do not need an appointment.

Agencies who are referring someone need to call the shelter to book support sessions. Appointments are scheduled between 10:00am and 3.00pm.

The shelter is based as the Salvation Army, 371 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 9NG

Tel: 01274 397217  E-mail: theorchard@salvationarmy.org.uk


Help for people who are sleeping rough

Bradford Council has commissioned a service to help people who are sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough in the district. Humankind run this service, which is called Bradford No Second Night Out.

No Second Night Out is open 365 days a year and offers a range of services to rough sleepers including:

  • provide you with short term emergency accommodation if you are homeless or a rough sleeper
  • set up and secure longer-term housing for you
  • help you to reconnect with your home area

This service is for you if:

  • you're homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • you're over the age of 18
  • you're single and located in the Bradford area


If you are sleeping rough, or you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in Bradford, you can contact No Second Night Out in the following ways:

Providing beds for rough sleepers during cold weather

The Cold Weather provision is a multi-agency partnership, commissioned by Bradford Council. The Cold Weather partners provide emergency beds for those who sleep rough, so no-one has to sleep on the streets on the coldest winter nights.

The service operates between 1 October and 30 April and opens when the predicted temperature for the upcoming evening is due to fall to zero or below.

How to access this support?

  • Visit the Day Shelter, 371 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 9NG in person. The referral desk is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm when cold weather is activated.
  • Access to the service over the weekend and Bank Holidays can be made over the phone by calling 01274 309165 between 9am and 4pm.

What will happen?

  • A lateral flow test will need to be taken to check if you are positive for Covid.
  • We will complete a brief assessment to try and find a suitable bed space for you for the night
  • We will work with you to try and help you find somewhere to live over the longer term.

There are other services providing support for people who are homeless such food, clothing, bedding and practical advice within the Bradford district. You can find them on our Directory Search Page.