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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Homeless

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.

Ask your local Health & Social Care Trust or the Housing Executive to help you if you are 16 or 17 and have nowhere safe to live.

The Housing Executive doesn’t have to find you housing if you don’t pass all 4 homelessness tests

You can challenge a decision that you've failed a test.

You'll need to look at other housing options if you can't pass all 4 homelessness tests.

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

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.

The Housing Executive uses hostels as temporary housing. There are different types of homeless hostels. 

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.

Get help as soon as you can if you are worried that you might become homeless. Talk to someone about your rights and options. You might be able to make things better in your current home. 

Ask the Housing Executive for help if you are 18 or older and you are worried about homelessness. 

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