Homeless after leaving prison

Using emergency accommodation when you're released from prison

You may need to use emergency accommodation such as a hostel, night shelter or bed and breakfast if you have nowhere to go following your release. Some are direct access, which means you don't need a referral from an agency to use them.

Homeless England

Search the Homeless England directory to find hostels, emergency and longer-term accommodation and day centres in your area.


Get help from Shelter, or call its free housing advice helpline on 0808 800 4444 to find services near you.

Probation service

If you've served a sentence of 12 months or more, you'll be released on licence. This means you'll live in the community, supervised by the probation service until the end of your sentence.

If you're released on licence, your probation officer can help you find accommodation, as long as you've spent a continuous period of at least 12 months in custody.