This clinic looked at how to prevent homelessness by using Disabled Facilities Grants, how Floating Support services can sustain tenancies, emergency services that can help homeless people and the duties of social services and the Housing Executive towards young people who are homeless.
Disabled facilities grants - adaptations to make your home more suitable
Housing Advice NI: Hi -welcome to our chat on homelessness and housing problems. Please leave your questions here and we'll start answering them at 10.Please remember that this is a public website so any information you share will be available to anyone else visiting this page.
EleanorT: Hi – contacting you on my aunt’s behalf.She’s recently had a stroke and is now using a wheelchair. I’ve told her that she needs to move to a bungalow since she can'
Housing Advice NI: Hi Eleanor -if your aunt'
EleanorT: I think so -she attends various different therapy
Housing Advice NI: Okay,well in that case you should look into the possibility of getting a Disabled Facilities Grant to adapt the property for her needs.
Housing Advice NI:There's some info on our website herehttp://www.housingadviceni
Housing Advice NI: These grants are often used for things like installing wet rooms or adapting a bathroom to make it more suitable for someone with a disability. They can also be used to make the kitchen easier to use if your aunt is now in a wheelchair.
Help for homeless young people
sweetdeemagee: Hi – I’m having problems at home with my mum.We’re not getting on and she’s told me I have to leave. I’m 17 and studying for my A-Levels.Where can I go if my mum kicks me out
Housing Advice NI:;Hi Sweet Dee thanks for joining in
Housing Advice NI: First of all,I’d encourage you to call to speak with one of our housing advisers so we can find out a wee bit more about your situation and talk to you in detail about your options.
Housing Advice NI: I know this is a hard thing to do,but it'
sweetdeemagee: Thanks, but I don't think we'll be able to sort it out
Floating support services can help people who are struggling to sustain their tenancies
EmmaT2014Hi -is there any help out there for people who are having problems coping?
Housing Advice NI;Hi Emma -there are lots of different support agencies in Northern Ireland -what do you mean by having problems "coping"?
EmmaT2014: A friend of mine is in a private landlord house.He got that place after a long time being homeless but he's just not doing that well he's got mental health and he's not great at remembering to pay rent and stuff like that.His landlords been okay about it until last week and he's said now that he needs to pay all he owed by february or get out
Housing Advice NI: Okay -;does your friend have a support worker or go to any services that give him help with his problems?
EmmaT2014: I don't know -i know he goes to his doctor a lot
Housing Advice NI: I think your friend might benefit from getting involved with a floating support service.;This means that he'll be assigned a support worker who can help him with things like budgeting,going to appointments and managing his tenancy
Housing Advice NI: There are lots of different organisations that provide this kind of service -but they all have different access and eligibility criteria. If you call us on 028 9024 5640 we can have a chat about your friend'
Housing Advice NI: We can also help to negotiate with your friend'
EmmaT2014: But is the landlord allowed to just kick him out since he hasn'
Housing Advice NI: Nope -landlords have to get a court order before they can evict a tenant.
Housing Advice NI: You can find out more about illegal evictions and the process that landlords should follow to evict a tenant on our website:
Housing Advice NI: The documents on this page of the Housing Executive's site might be useful too.
Homelessness information and emergency accommodation
MatthewMurph89: What happens if you'
Housing Advice NI:Hi Matthew -in Northern Ireland the Housing Executive is responsible for helping people who have nowhere safe to live.However,the laws on housing say that the Housing Executive is only responsible for providing housing to people who meet certain conditions.
Housing Advice NI: The Housing Executive will only have a legal responsibility to provide you with housing if you are homeless through no fault of your own (
MatthewMurph89: What does elegible for assisstance mean.
Housing Advice NI: This is one of the four tests that the Housing Executive (
Housing Advice NI: http://www.housingadviceni
MatthewMurph89: No just wondered how it works
Housing Advice NI: Okay -well if you'