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Housing, homelessness and the rent deposit scheme

Homechoice 

Please be advised that in line with the social distancing advice from the government, we are limiting the post coming to our teams. Therefore, please be aware of the following: 

  • to apply for Dorset Home choice housing register, please complete the online form only 
  • if you are unable to complete the form, please contact the relevant team to discuss and they will be able to assist you 
  • if you would like to provide any supporting information, or you are requested to provide documents during this time we will accept a photo or scanned copy of the document, which can be emailed to us. Please be advised that this will need to clear and legible 
  • any correspondence will be sent to you by email 
  • the telephone service will operate as usual 
Contact details for housing
AreaTelephone numberEmail
East Dorset 01202 228947  housing@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 
Purbeck 01929 557370  homechoiceteame@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 
North, West, Weymouth and Portland 01305 251010  housingoptionsteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 

Homelessness 

Please be advised that in line with the social distancing advice from the government, we are limiting the post coming to our teams and changing the way we are delivering our service. Therefore, please be aware of the following: 

  • our Homelessness and Housing Advice Teams and will still be operating their essential services, however we will not be open for face to face appointments 
  • we will no longer be home visiting, unless this is considered an essential visit 
  • if we consider the visit to be essential you will be asked screening questions prior to the visit taking place 
  • if you are at risk of becoming homeless and would like some advice please complete an online referral
  • if you have accessed our service and have been made an appointment, this will be carried out over the telephone, therefore please ensure that your phone has enough charge and that you are in a private location in order to receive the call at the allocated time to discuss your housing situation 
  • if you already have an allocated Officer please contact them directly on their direct dial number which should have been provided to you 
  • if you would like to provide any supporting information, or you are requested to provide documents during this time we will accept a photo or scanned copy of the document, which can be emailed to us as directed below: 

If you have any questions our phone lines will be open as usual from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 

Contact details for the homelessness team
AreaTelephone numberEmail 
East Dorset 01202 228947 housing@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 
Purbeck 01929 557370 homechoice@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 
North, West, Weymouth and Portland 01305 251010 Housingassesors@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 

Rent deposit and bond scheme 

We are offering the usual services, although some may be delivered in a different way to normal. 

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