Emergency housing if you're homeless

Last updated: 21 February 2018

If you're homeless and have nowhere to stay tonight, your local council has a legal duty to help you.

If you're eligible, it'll advise you how to make a homeless application and give you somewhere to stay while it looks into your situation.

If your local council offices are closed, there should be an emergency/out of hours number you can call.

Your other options

Other emergency housing options are:

  • hostels, nightshelters and winter shelters
  • domestic violence and women's refuges
  • bed and breakfast hotels

Use Shelter Scotland's advice finder to look for local services that can help you in person, or call the free housing helpline.

0808 800 444 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm