When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Released from prison with nowhere to go

You might be released before you get your housing situation sorted out. If you haven’t got accommodation for your release date, talk to someone at the prison immediately.  Explain that you’ll have nowhere to go when you get out and see what help they can give you.  There may still be time to make a homeless application or find a place in a hostel.  

Most prisoners get a discharge grant when they're release from prison.  You need to apply for this and, if you're going to be homeless on release from prison, you should mention this on your application form to ensure that you get all the financial assistance that you're entitled to.  If you've noted that you'll be homeless on your discharge grant application, someone in the prison service should help you try to find somewhere to go.

Once you’re out, go to the Housing Executive if you’ve got nowhere to stay and tell them that you want to be assessed as homeless.  Visit the Housing Executive Homeless Services Unit (Great Victoria Street, Belfast) or contact the office by telephone on 03448 920 900.  If the Housing Executive is closed, call the Regional Emergency Social Work Service on 028 95049999

Arrange to see an adviser or a member of the resettlement staff as soon as you become aware that you may not have anywhere to live after you leave prison.