Philip Kilminster and girlfriend Hayley Turner have applied to the council for accommodation, but are continuing to live on the streets of Gloucester while their case is investigated.
However he refused to go a step further and order that they be housed together, as they had wanted.
Barrister Adrian Marshall Williams told the court that Mr Kilminster, 34, and Miss Turner, 37, have been seeing each other for the last four years.
Mother-of-two Miss Turner is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who suffers from depression, while Mr Kilminster has had a heroin habit since he was 15 and is afflicted by a number of health problems.
Mr Marshall Williams said the pair had lived together in the past, and did not want to be separated by the council if offered a new place to stay.
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