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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Homelessness

Homelessness
Homelessness

You are homeless if you haven’t got a suitable permanent home.  You might think that only people who sleep on the streets are homeless but Northern Ireland has a large number of “hidden homeless”. If your home is unsuitable for you to live in, or you have no right to stay in it you could be classified as homeless.

Get advice immediately if you think you might become homeless. The Housing Executive has a legal responsibility to give you advice and information on homelessness or you can speak to our advisers at Housing Rights Service. With the right help, you may be able to stay in or return to your home.

The Housing Executive is the organisation that is legally responsible for helping homeless people and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland.

Homelessness can happen to anyone. It's important to know who can help you if you end up in this situation.  The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is legally responsible for helping people who are homeless in Northern Ireland.   Almost 20,000 people and families asked the Housing Executive for help dealing with homelessness last year.

Most homeless people have a right to claim benefits and to vote. If you’re homeless or about to become homeless you may also be able to return to your home. You may have a right to be rehoused by the Housing Executive.

Some of the decisions made by the Housing Executive can be challenged using your legal right to request a review. It’s best to get advice from a housing adviser, like those at Housing Rights Service, if you’re planning on doing this. The law allows you 28 days to ask for a review from the day you are notified of the decision.

The Housing Executive will only have to help you if you couldn't have avoided becoming homeless. The Intentionality test looks at how you became homeless to see if you deliberately did something or failed to do something and that action caused your homelessness.. The other tests are priority need, homelessness and eligibility.

Get advice as quickly as possible if you’re homeless or likely to be homeless. You can speak to one of our advisers at Housing Rights Service if you need to find out what your options are.

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