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Latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin shows increase in homeless households

The latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin shows that there has been a significant increase of 31% in the number of homeless applicants being awarded the full duty homelessness status by the Housing Executive,

The Bulletin, which covers the period of July to September 2014, also shows an 8% (408) increase in the number of households presenting as homeless to the Housing Executive, compared to the previous quarter.

The data from the NI Housing Bulletin includes:

  • 5,303 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive during July to September 2014. This is an increase of 408 (8%) from the previous quarter.
  • Family dispute or sharing breakdown was cited as the most common cause  (1,009)
  • 2912 households were accepted by the NIHE as full duty applicants for the quarter. This was an increase of 31% on the previous quarter.
  • 27% of full duty applicants cited their accommodation was not reasonable.
  • House prices rose 5% on the previous quarter.

The Bulletin also contains information on the number of new dwellings started and completed and the Residential Property Price Index. You can read the full report on the Department for Social Development's website.

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This article was written on 25 February 2015. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.