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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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

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. 

 

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

The Disability Discrimination Order can protect you from being treated unfairly because of a disability. This can protect you if you’ve been refused assistance or asked to leave your accommodation because of action that’s attributable to a mental health problem.

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