Advice for vulnerable groups

Homelessness with substance misuse issues

The Council can provide advice if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and you are unable to make arrangements for yourself. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness in the next 8 weeks you can make a homeless application.

See Our Homelessness Service page for more details.

As of April 2018, The Homelessness Reduction Act changed the homelessness duties for Lichfield District Council to help all eligible applicants – rather than just those with a ‘priority need’. It also adds two new duties:

  • Duty to prevent homelessness: Lichfield District Council has to help people at risk of losing suitable accommodation as soon as they are threatened with homelessness within 56 days. This means that we will try to prevent your homelessness by helping you to remain in your current accommodation, if that is possible.
  • Duty to take steps to relieve homelessness: We will help all those who are homeless to secure suitable accommodation, regardless of whether they are ‘intentionally homeless’ or have a priority need. This means that all eligible households will be offered help to find alternative accommodation for themselves.

We can provide advice and support to you to help you find alternative accommodation. However we will not have a duty to provide emergency accommodation or temporarily house you unless you are
considered to be eligible, homeless and have priority need. For more information on the homelessness criteria please visit Shelter's website. In addition, you can discuss this with us when making a homelessness application.


If you would like some further advice and assistance regarding substance misuse, you can talk to your GP about possible referrals they can make to aid your recovery. For further information on local services see below:

BAC O’Connor Centre - The BAC O’Connor Centre provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation. They provide a range of   services from inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, semi-independent recovery housing, and recovery services in the community or a combination of all of these. You can self-refer by contacting them directly, or through Betterway Recovery, or STARS, details below.

Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) - STARS' aim is to help as many people as possible to recover from and be free from drug and alcohol dependency. They offer access to experienced and professional teams who work with you on your journey to recovery from drugs and/or alcohol. When you join the service, you will be allocated a key worker who will support you throughout your treatment and help you develop a Recovery Plan, that’s built around you and your circumstances. They have a centre in Burton and Tamworth but are currently working with Betterway Recovery (see below) who have a base in Lichfield city where assessments can be carried out.You can self-refer by calling 01283 741053 or email

Betterway Recovery - Based in Lichfield, Betterway Recovery is a unique service, led and supported by ex-service users. They provide a safe place to go six days a week for people who want support with their Drug or Alcohol problem. They offer a menu of solutions to help get the service user to where they want to be and facilitate a variety of groups and one to one support delivered by people with lived experience of addiction and now recovery.