Housing Advice

CHAT (Churches Housing Action Team) have been providing free, impartial support and advice for 25 years. We believe that everyone is entitled to decent, secure and affordable housing – somewhere to call home.  Our office is based in Tiverton but our services are available to anyone in the Mid Devon area.

Tackling homelessness, Avoiding Evictions, Bringing Hope

Our Support and Advice Team offer free, impartial and confidential help across the Mid Devon area. 
Tackling Homelessness, Avoiding Evictions, Bringing Hope

We can advise on all housing issues and we work with people who are:

  • Threatened with homelessness
  • Needing help negotiating with their landlord
  • Needing help finding accommodation
  • Those who are working with MDDC or other agencies.
  • Living in substandard or overcrowded accommodation
  • Sleeping rough or on someone’s floor
  • Escaping domestic abuse
  • Living in temporary accommodation
  • Being released from prison, youth offenders’ institution, or discharged from hospital without an address

When you call we will take some details (name, address, date of birth) and a brief summary of what your enquiry is about. You will be allocated an advisor who will be your main point of contact. Your information is kept safe and secure (more information about that here).

Advice is available in person, over the phone, or by email, and our advisors can act on your behalf, with your signed permission, where necessary.

We can help by:

  • Helping with court paperwork
  • Helping you with Devon Home Choice
  • Working together with other agencies you may be involved in
  • Explaining paperwork you may not understand
  • Helping you find somewhere suitable to live
  • Assisting you with welfare benefits
  • Negotiating with your Landlord
  • Helping you access other services

If we cannot help we may be able to put you in touch with someone else who can.

Service access criteria: Mid-Devon Resident Only
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly