Foyers offer affordable accommodation for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or in housing need. They combine a secure living environment with help and support and access to work and learning opportunities.
Foyers are similar to hostels. They house young people (usually aged 16 to 25) who want to develop skills and prepare for living independently.
What will the foyer be like?
Foyers vary in size and the amount of support they offer. You can usually stay there for nine months to a year. The workers at the foyer can help you find affordable accommodation to move into when you leave.
Foyers usually work closely with the careers service and training agencies. If you get a place in a foyer, you will have to sign up to an education and training programme based on:
- what skills you already hav,
- the type of job you are interested in.
If you refuse to get involved, you won't get a place.
How do I apply for foyer accommodation?
Most foyers have a waiting list. In some, you can apply directly but for others you will need to arrange a place through:
- a hostel,
- the Housing Executive,
- an advice centre.
You usually have to have an interview and sign an agreement saying that you will stick to the rules and take part in education and training schemes.
You can get information about foyers in your area from your local Housing Executive District Office, an advice agency or the Foyer Federation website.
What rights would I have?
If you get a place in a foyer, you can be evicted quite easily if, for example, you:
- don't pay the rent,
- don't follow your training programme,
- cause a nuisance to other residents.
If you have any problems you should talk to one of the foyer workers as soon as possible. If you are threatened with eviction for any reason, contact a local advice agency immediately.
How much will it cost?
The rent in foyers can be expensive. If you are on benefits or have a low income, you can claim housing benefit. Bear in mind that it may not cover all the rent and won't cover:
You will probably have to pay the difference from your other income. The workers at the foyer can help you claim and check whether you can get any other benefits.
Where's my nearest foyer?
At present there are foyers in
- Derry / Londonderry,
Contact the Foyer Federation to find out more.
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