Comprehensive information on the homeless application process and support for people facing homelessness in Northern Ireland.
The government department responsible for housing and homelessness is the Department for Communities.
Not everyone is entitled to a homelessness assessment. But the Housing Executive is expected to make inquiries if they have reason to believe that a person is homeless or threatened with homelessness.
A person is threatened with homelessness if it is likely that they are going to become homeless within 28 days of making a homeless application.
There are two different tests (sometimes called ‘assessments’) the Housing Executive uses to determine if an applicant is eligible for assistance.
A person who applies for housing or homelessness assistance must be habitually resident in the common travel area.
The UK has six types of British nationality. It is important to know which type a person holds and whether they are a British citizen.
A European Economic Area (EEA) citizen who entered the UK after 31 December 2020 can stay for up to six months as a visitor.
A restricted case is one where a household’s homelessness or priority need status comes from a restricted person in the household.
The Housing Executive does not have a duty to provide accommodation to someone who is intentionally homeless.
An applicant has a legal right to request a review of certain decisions the Housing Executive makes about homelessness.
The Housing Executive has a duty to provide temporary or interim accommodation to people who meet certain criteria.
The Housing Executive has further duties to people who pass all four homelessness tests.
The Housing Executive has a duty to ‘secure that accommodation becomes available’ for a person who passes all four homelessness tests.
Find out what emergency accommodation is available in Northern Ireland and how to access it.
Social services and the Housing Executive should work together when a person aged 16 or 17 presents as homeless.
A vulnerable person who is destitute should contact the Housing Executive for help.
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