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When everyone has a home

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 homeless people. The amount of help you're entitled to depends on whether you pass 4 homelessness. 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.

You can stay in temporary housing while you wait for a new home. The Housing Executive may have a legal responsibility to find you suitable temporary housing. 

You can ask for a review of certain decisions made by the Housing Executive.  

A review means that a more senior member of staff checks the original decision. They can 

  • agree with the original decision, or 
  • change the original decision.  

It's best to get an adviser to help you ask for a review.