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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

Self-paced course

This self-paced online learning course considers the issue of temporary accommodation in Northern Ireland.  

COVID-19 and temporary accommodation

The COVID-19 pandemic placed renewed focus on temporary accommodation, as the Housing Executive, Department for Communities and Department of Health worked to ensure accommodation was available for those people who are not normally entitled to assistance. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Housing Executive changed its approach to temporary accommodation, trialling new approaches to procurement and to placements. 

Strategic review of temporary accommodation

The Housing Executive has committed to a strategic review of temporary accommodation as part of the current homelessness strategy. Lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic will help to shape the future of temporary accommodation. 

This course will include information on:

  • the types of temporary housing commonly used by the Housing Executive;
  • the Housing Executive's legal duties and discretionary powers to provide temporary accommodation;
  • changes to temporary accommodation provision in response to COVID-19;
  • the status of residents in temporary accommodation and their rights;
  • paying for temporary accommodation;
  • the suitability of temporary accommodation;
  • and the process for reviewing an offer if it is considered unsuitable for your client.


Participants should be familiar with the homelessness tests and the Housing Executive’s role in helping homeless people in Northern Ireland.  If you are not familiar with the four homelessness tests, you should complete our training course on this topic before continuing with this course.


This course is bundled with our latest Professional Resource on Temporary Accommodation. All participants will receive a copy of this resource.


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