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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Homeless

The Housing Executive is the organisation that is legally responsible for helping homeless people and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland.

You should normally go to the Housing Executive for help if you are worried about becoming homeless.  However, if you’re under 18 , Social Services may have to help you if you don’t have anywhere safe to live. 

If you have nowhere safe to live, go to your local Housing Executive office or to your local Health & Social Care Trust and ask for help.

Buying your own home is a huge financial commitment. It's important that you do your research and fully understand your options before you commit to anything. If you can't afford to pay the full purchase cost of a property you might be able to part buy and part rent the property with the help of Co-ownership Housing Association.

Because of the shortage of social housing some people will wait a very long time before they get offered a property. You could have a long wait, even if you passed the 4 homeless tests and are legally homeless.

Homelessness can happen to anyone. It's important to know who can help you if you end up in this situation.  The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is legally responsible for helping people who are homeless in Northern Ireland.   Almost 20,000 people and families asked the Housing Executive for help dealing with homelessness last year.

The Housing Executive is responsible for helping people in Northern Ireland who are homeless. It is also a social landlord and manages and awards lots of social housing.

If your current housing situation doesn't suit your needs it's natural to think you might have to move. But, with the right help and support, you may be able to continue living in your current home. While housing waiting lists are so long and renting privately can be expensive it's worth checking if you can do something practical to allow you to continue living where you are.

When you apply for social housing you’ll have to choose 2 areas where you’d like to live. Most people can choose any areas they want but there are restrictions on some people.

Some of the decisions made by the Housing Executive can be challenged using your legal right to request a review. It’s best to get advice from a housing adviser, like those at Housing Rights, if you’re planning on doing this. The law allows you 28 days to ask for a review from the day you are notified of the decision.

Buying your own home is a huge financial commitment. It's important that you do your research and fully understand your options before you commit to anything. If you can't afford to pay the full purchase cost of a property you might be able to part buy and part rent the property with the help of Co-ownership Housing Association.

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