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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Homelessness and the Housing Executive

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

The Housing Executive has a number of legal responsibilities surrounding homelessness. It provides advice and assistance to people who are homeless and, in some cases, is legally required to provide temporary and permanent accommodation to people.

The Housing Executive has a legal responsibility to help people who pass the 4 homelessness tests. The tests look at whether you are homeless, why you are homeless, whether you're entitled to help and whether you're in greater need of help than other people.

Temporary accommodation is given to people who don’t have a permanent home. The Housing Executive doesn’t have to arrange temporary accommodation for everyone but it does have to provide certain people with temporary accommodation.

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.