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.
Talk to someone if you haven't got anywhere safe to stay. Social Services can help you if you are under 18 and don't have anywhere safe to live. The Housing Executive may be able to help if you are over 18.
Speak to our advisers if you have any questions or you're worried about talking to these services. We can explain your rights.
If you pass all four homelessness tests, you will be given Full Duty Applicant status and will be entitled to offers of permanent accommodation from the Housing Executive and housing associations. If you fail the tests, you can ask to be assessed under the Selection Scheme. You can also challenge the Housing Executive's decision if you fail any of the tests.