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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Going into prison

If you had safe and secure accommodation before going into custody you should try to keep it, if possible, while you’re in prison.

Securing your home and your belongings while you are in prison can be difficult, especially if noone else is going to be living in your home or you lose it while in custody.

If you’ve been receiving benefits you’ll need to let the social security office know that you’re going into prison.

Going into custody doesn’t necessarily mean losing your home. Depending on your circumstances, there may be ways of keeping your home while you’re in prison.

You may be able to get a loan to help with your mortgage payments while you are in prison. But, this depends on what benefits you were claiming before you went in and on how long you'll be in prison for. Someone who was living with you may be able to claim help to pay the mortgage if you cannot. 

 

You might not be able to keep your home if you are going to be in prison for a long time, or you can't go back to it because it isn't safe for you or someone else. Talk to the housing adviser in your prison if you want to give up your home. 

Whether you came to prison from a permanent address or temporary accommodation, you can find yourself at risk of being homeless upon release.

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