Whether you came to prison from a permanent address or temporary accommodation, you could be at risk of being homeless upon release. If you are unable to find yourself a suitable accommodation before your sentence comes to an end, you may be able to present as homeless to the Housing Executive.
Depending on your circumstances, the Housing Executive may have a duty to provide you with accommodation. This can be a lengthy process but the Housing Executive can start looking into your circumstances from 3 months before your release date. However, you won't actually meet the standards for homelessness until 28 days before you are released. Talk to the Housing Advice Development Worker at your prison once you know your release date and find out when you should start the process.