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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Prisoners

If you had safe and secure accommodation before going into custody you should try to keep it, if possible, while you’re in prison.

If you have nowhere to live after your release from prison, you may need to look into emergency accommodation options, such as hostels and nightshelters.

You need to sort out some sort of accommodation if you don't have a home to go or family that you can stay with after you've been released from prison.

A number of projects and organisations provide help and support to prisoners, ex-offenders and their families. If you're in prison there are people there who can help you with your housing problems. You can always talk to the Housing Advice Development Worker in prison or a member of staff in the Offender Management Unit.

It is not uncommon for a person to be released from prison with nowhere to live. Get an appointment with the housing adviser or staff at the Offender Management Unit in your prison if you think you may be homeless on release.

Moving can be stressful, complicated and expensive. Whether you’re moving in, moving on or moving out careful planning can make the process easier.

Securing your home and your belongings while you are in prison can be difficult, especially if noone else is going to be living in your home or you lose it while in custody.

Squatters are people who occupy and live in a property despite having no legal right to live there. It’s not a realistic housing option because squatters can easily be evicted.

If you’ve been receiving benefits you’ll need to let the social security office know that you’re going into prison.

Buying your own home is a huge financial commitment. It's important that you do your research and fully understand your options before you commit to anything. If you can't afford to pay the full purchase cost of a property you might be able to part buy and part rent the property with the help of Co-ownership Housing Association.

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