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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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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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Using the private rented sector to discharge the statutory duty to homeless households

In their 2017 Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations, the Department for Communities proposed that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive could meet its statutory duty to provide accommodation to homeless households by offering said households a tenancy in the private rented sector, subject to certain conditions. Given the lack of available social housing, Housing Rights appreciates the need for urgent action to address the growing waiting list for social housing and, in particular, the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness and waiting for unacceptably long periods for a new home. Housing Rights believes however that the sub sector of the private rented sector which would typically be accessible to homeless households provides neither an appropriate nor reasonable response to this problem. This policy briefing explains our position. 

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Our adviser Amy was able to help a client who was homeless and using his Personal Independence Payment to pay for an emergency stay in a bed & breakfast, as he was not entitled to help with housing from the Housing Executive.  

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Homelessness, Adviser

Preventing and alleviating homelessness in the face of COVID-19

Recommendations to prevent and alleviate homelessness caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic

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Coronavirus, Homelessness

How the Assembly can deal with housing problems created by Covid-19

This briefing paper details the ways in which we foresee Covid-19 and associated economic fallout impacting on homelessness and housing in Northern Ireland. It includes measures which we believe Government can take to cushion some of the worst impacts and help vulnerable people at this unique and troubling time. 

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Homelessness

NIHE Customer Support and Tenancy Sustainment Strategy Response

Housing Rights has responded to the Housing Executive's Draft Cusomter Support and Tenancy Sustainment Strategy for 2019 to 2022. We welcome the Strategy's focus on prevention of tenancy breakdown and homelessness and have made a number of recommendations in our response which we hope will help to ensure a commitment to tenancy sustainment across all tenures. 

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Homelessness

The Homelessness Monitor is an in-depth look at the impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Northern Ireland (NI) on homelessness. The annual report funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Homelessness

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