Originally Posted by mingster
I want to move out of my somewhat parents place and I was just wondering how much money would I need to do so. I don't have much saved, but I really and getting sick(under-statement) of this place.
Don't mind where you are I just need a rough idea so I can get my plan in action.
If you have any places that are near you that are cheap for renting and will take in a dog as well, would be great if you would share them with me.
If any of you have any other advices, I could really do with some, as I scared s**tless about doing this, it would be a great help.
How old are you?
Depending on your age (you have to be YOUNG enough but 16 or over) you may be able to move into something called a Foyer (but they may not take dogs - maybe worth asking though).
The standard of Foyers varies across the country despite there being a Foyer Federation (http://www.foyer.net/
) but they are a useful stepping stone into more independent living. They offer:
> A private, lockable room. There is usually a room check every week (the staff can do this whether you are there or not as it is written into the Licence Agreement - which is a legally binding agreement that gives less rights than a Tenancy Agreement), but this should be at or around a certain time on the same day each week. But some Foyers do not respect your privacy at all - if this is the case you can make a complaint.
> Staff to give you some level of support. The level of support varies.
> Cooking facilities. These may be shared with other residents
> Shower(or/and bath) and toilet. These may be used by other residents but will usually be for one person at a time, with a lock on the door.
You do not need a deposit (usually) to live in a Foyer, and if you are claiming benefits (and the staff should be able to help you claim), you may be able to get full Housing Benefit.
There will usually be a separate service charge that is NOT covered by Housing Benefit. This may only be small (the most I've paid in a Foyer was around £8 a week).
You will not have to pay any extra bills.
You will not usually have to pay rent until your claim for Housing Benefit is sorted out, BUT depending on the location of the Foyer, you may need to have money available to get to the Jobcentre to make a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claim and make sure you save some for "signing on" (visiting the Jobcentre to say what you've been doing to look for work) the next week then every fortnight.
If you are stuck for food, Foyers often have links with local charities so may be able to help. Alternatively, you can apply for a Crisis Loan.
There will be rules that you will have to follow, and under a Licence Agreement it is easy to evict you without giving much notice if you don't follow the rules. For example, you may be required to start training/education.
The staff should help with claiming benefits, but here is the number for claiming JSA and the number for making a Crisis Loan:
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA): 0800 055 6688. It's not much money but it will stop you starving to death.
Crisis Loan for food: 0800 328 341. recently I've seen stuff saying you need to get a form from a Jobcentre to apply for one, but try this number anyway if you decide to live in a Foyer and have made an application for JSA. If it's no use, try asking the staff what you need to do, or call the JSA number and ask someone on that line.
Check the age requirements for living at a specific Foyer before deciding to move into one. You will usually have to have an interview, and there may be a waiting list (but there isn't always one).
Also I don't know which country you live in, but at http://www.shelter.org.uk/
, there is a useful link about leaving home under the 'Find a place to live' section in the England and Scotland versions of the website.
Originally Posted by Hekaterine
If you don't mind a shared house, I have a room in Lincoln - £60 a week including all bills and internet access. The guys are not vegetarians but are very nice. PM me if you are interested x
This is a really good price for a house in Lincoln (I once lived in Market Rasen, which is an hour's bus ride or a 20 mins(ish) train journey from Lincoln) and had to go to Lincoln Jobcentre.
But you (mingster) need to make sure you have plenty of money if choosing a house share, and a way to continue paying bills, as house shares will not normally accept people on benefits (though Hekaterine might, I don't know). You may also need to agree some ground rules with Hekaterine and her housemates too. Lincoln's in the county of Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands region of England.I've lived in two Foyers, I've claimed benefits, and I've even previously been homeless. Now I'm living in my own flat. So if you need any more info, feel free to ask me (preferably via private message so I don't have to search for your post)!