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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Advice for prisoners

Housing advice for prisoners
Housing advice for prisoners

Homelessness and finding somewhere to live can be huge problems for people who are coming out of prison. If you want to talk to someone in person about your housing problem, you or someone you trust can speak to a housing adviser in your prison or contact Housing Rights Service

Going into prison is stressful. There are a few things that you'll have to do. Staff in the prison will help you with these tasks. 

You may be able to get a loan to help with your mortgage payments while you are in prison. But, this depends on what benefits you were claiming before you went in and on how long you'll be in prison for. Someone who was living with you may be able to claim help to pay the mortgage if you cannot. 


You might not be able to keep your home if you are going to be in prison for a long time, or you can't go back to it because it isn't safe for you or someone else. Talk to the housing adviser in your prison if you want to give up your home. 

You might be able to get help to pay your rent while you're in prison. This can help you keep your home. It usually depends on your age, the length of time you'll be in custody and on whether you were getting help to pay before you went into custody. We have housing advisers in your prison. Ask to talk to them if you want advice. 

Whether you came to prison from a permanent address or temporary accommodation, you can find yourself at risk of being homeless upon release.

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.

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