The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), effective from April 2018, increases the requirements for EDDC to help all people that are homeless or at threatened with homelessness rather than just those with a 'priority need'.
Duty to take steps to prevent homelessness
The period from which EDDC are required to assist people at risk of losing suitable accommodation as soon as they are threatened with becoming homeless in 56 days rather than the 28 day timescale that existed before the HRA was introduced. People will be helped when they receive a valid notice from their landlord.
Duty to take steps to relieve homelessness
EDDC will help people who are homeless to secure accommodation, regardless of whether they are 'intentionally homeless' or in 'priority need'. This will mean that help is offered to find a home for all eligible households.
Should neither of the above steps work and the household becomes homeless, or remain homeless, then those in 'priority need' retain their right to be rehoused, although non-priority households will not be entitled to further help.