There aren't as many grants available now to help with poor housing as there were 10 years ago. However, you can still get some help if you need to adapt your home because you have a disability, if you are a landlord and you have been issued with a statutory notice by the council, if you are a homeowner living in a flooding zone, if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home or if your home is in such a serious state of disrepair that it could cause death or serious injury.
It can be difficult living with your parents or guardians, particularly if you feel like you're old enough now to live on your own. However, living on your own is expensive and difficult. Work out if it's easier to resolve your problems at home or if you're ready to move out on your own.
You can apply for a home with the Housing Executive or a housing association by filling in an application form. There are lots of people on the waiting list and they are ranked according to how badly they need to be rehoused. Your ranking depends on how many points you are awarded using the criteria set out in the Common Housing Selection Scheme.
Many service personnel have accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence. When you are scheduled to leave the service, you should receive plenty of advance notice, which will give you time to find somewhere to live on your discharge.
Some people have their accommodation provided as part of their employment. This is known as "tied accommodation". If you are living in "tied accommodation", you will not normally be a tenant. This means you won't have the same rights as a private tenant. It also usually means that you'll have to leave your property pretty quickly if you lose your job.