Homelessness

Becoming homeless is a very difficult and stressful time.

Your local authority offers advice and help based on your own circumstances. This includes a decision on whether you are homeless in the eyes of the law.  

Contact details for the homeless teams at your local council can be found below:

Edinburgh
 

Get in touch with City of Edinburgh Council's homeless team. They will give you advice and may offer temporary accommodation.

If you have nowhere to stay or are at risk of losing your house, the Council's homeless team can help by going over your housing options. This help may include:

  • general housing advice
  • homeless assessment interview
  • temporary accommodation.

Drop in during working hours or make an appointment to speak to someone if you are homeless at:

Opening hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8.30am-5pm.
  • Tuesday: 10am-5pm.
  • Friday: 8.30am-3.40pm.

If you need emergency housing after working hours, call the Council's out-of-hours service on freephone: 0800 032 5968.

East Lothian
 

Get in touch with East Lothian Council's homeless team. They will give you advice and may offer temporary accommodation.

Contact:

Homelesssness unit, Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF.
Telephone: 01620 827 536.

Opening hours: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
  • Friday: 9am-4pm.

If you have a problem which means you have nowhere to go, but the Council's offices are closed, you can contact the out-of-hours service on 0800 169 1611.

    Fife
     

    Get in touch with Fife Council's local homeless teams. They will give you advice and may offer temporary accommodation.

    Find your nearest homeless team at local offices or call 03451 55 00 33.

    For help or advice out of office hours or on weekends, call 0800 028 6231.

      Midlothian
       

      Get in touch with Midlothian Council's homeless team. They will give you advice and may offer temporary accommodation.

      Contact:

      Buccleuch House, 1 White Hart Street, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 1AE.
      Telephone: 0131 271 3397.

      Opening hours:

      • Monday-Tuesday: 9am-5pm
      • Wednesday: 10am-5pm
      • Thursday: 9am-5pm
      • Friday: 9am-3.30pm.

      For help or advice out of office hours or on weekends, call 0131 663 7211.

      West Lothian
       

      Get in touch with West Lothian Council's homeless team or call 0800 032 3450.

      West Lothian Council also provides a homelessness out-of-hours service.

      Call the Council's homeless team on 01506 280 000.