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Homelessness

Our 2020–2021 Impact Card outlines the positive impact that we have had on people’s lives over the course of the year.

As people across Northern Ireland were impacted by Covid-19 we saw increased demand for support and advice from people worried about their housing situation.

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Coronavirus, Policy, Homelessness, Adviser

Housing Rights response to Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit

We have responded to the Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit.

The Private Tenancies Bill extends the notice to quit period from 28 days to 8 weeks, for tenancies lasting longer than 12 months. The 12-week notice period for tenancies of more than 10 years will stay the same. The DfC’s consultation is to investigate whether 8 weeks is enough time for a tenant to find a suitable home.

Read our response.

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Legislation, Regulation, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Homelessness Awareness Week is a week of social, educational, and awareness raising events that help highlight the issue of homelessness and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, and service users working in the sector. 

This Homelessness Awareness Week we look at how Housing Rights’ multitude of services can help people in Northern Ireland who are facing homelessness or housing issues.

*Client’s names have been changed* 

 

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Homelessness

Recent research shows the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling chronic homelessness in women.          

This Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) report will inform future action plans and service delivery to better address the specific challenges faced by women who experience chronic homelessness in Northern Ireland.  

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Research, Homelessness

Our adviser Faith recently helped a client who had presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) after losing his tenancy.  

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Homelessness, Adviser

Housing Rights welcomes the Department for Communities’ announcement of a £9m investment to fully fund the Housing Executive’s COVID-19 Reset Plan on Homelessness this year, making the total budget for homelessness for 2021/22 £46m.

This funding will support the NIHE in achieving the aims of their COVID-19 Homeless response:

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Homelessness

The Communities Minister has called for evidence to inform a new housing supply strategy. 

Minister Hargey describes the strategy as an essential part of the Department’s “ambitious and radical shake-up of housing”.  

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Regulation, Social Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness

In January 2021, the Department of Finance published their draft budget. The document sets out the Northern Ireland Executive’s proposed spending plans for the one year period from 1 April 2021 to March 2022. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Our latest briefing paper looks at the issue of intimidation points, following on from  then Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín’s commitment to reviewing these points. Housing Rights welcomes this commitment and shares the Minister’s reservations regarding the original proposal to completely remove this award without alternative necessary safeguards. We believe a blanket removal would be too simple a sol

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Social Tenancies, Homelessness

Housing Rights policy briefing on review of intimidation points

In November 2020, then Minister for Communities Carál Ní Chuilín committed to reviewing intimidation points: an award of points under the current allocation scheme which provides high priority for rehousing.

Housing Rights welcomes this commitment and shares the Minister’s reservations regarding the proposal, contained in the original 2016 review of the allocation scheme, to remove intimidation points from the scheme without alternative necessary safeguards. 

This briefing paper sets out our position that a blanket removal of these points is too simple a solution for such a complex issue, and would not provide adequate protection to those in crisis whose lives are under threat.

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Social Tenancies, Homelessness

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