Temporary Accommodation

If you have nowhere to stay while your situation is assessed or if you cannot be interviewed right away, you can be offered temporary accommodation.

Temporary accommodation will be allocated to you by Fife Council, who try to match the accommodation to your needs where possible. This is, however, an emergency provision which means you could be placed anywhere in Fife. The accommodation will be in:

  • Scatter flats
  • A shared flat
  • A supported hostel
  • A hostel

The accommodation may be run by:

  • The council
  • A private landlord
  • A housing association
  • A voluntary organisation

Regardless of where you will be accommodated, support will either be in place or a referral to a support agency can be made for you.

Temporary accommodation is not free but you may be eligible for help from Housing Benefit or Housing Costs within Universal Credit.


To make an enquiry about temporary accommodation, call Fife Council on 0800 028 6231.

Frontline Fife can also provide further information if you think you may need temporary accommodation.

Start your Application

Due to service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we are currently unable to process new housing applications or changes to existing applications within normal timescales. If you applied for housing from March 2020 there may also be a significant delay in your application being assessed.

If you are homeless, or need somewhere to stay urgently, please call 0800 028 6231 so we can discuss your housing options.

To complete an online housing application you will need to register for a secure account on Fife Direct. If you already have an account, login in using your existing details.

If you already have an application and you need to update your circumstances, please do not submit a new application. Please log back onto your online application for housing and update the information required. If you have moved address please complete every section of the application, taking into account your new housing circumstances.

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