What is a local area connection? You will need to establish a “local connection” for an authority to accept you on their housing list.To ensure you have a connection you need to have lived in the area for a set amount of time (this set amount of time varies from authority to authority.) Depending on the Local Authority they may also accept the following; Have close family connections in the area. Your parents still live there. Your children are there. You grew up there. Need to move in order to give/receive support. You work in the area. If you do not have a local connection with the authority you have applied to, they can insist you go to one where you have a clearer connection.