When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland



You are homeless if you haven’t got a suitable permanent home.  You might think that only people who sleep on the streets are homeless but Northern Ireland has a large number of “hidden homeless”. If your home is unsuitable for you to live in, or you have no right to stay in it you could be classified as homeless.

Social services may be able to help with housing. They can only help with homelessness in certain cases, such as if you're under 18 or very vulnerable.

The Housing Executive uses hostels as temporary housing. There are different types of homeless hostels. 

Homelessness can happen to anyone. It's important to know who can help you if you end up in this situation. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is legally responsible for helping people who are homeless in Northern Ireland. 

Get help as soon as you can if you are worried that you might become homeless. Talk to someone about your rights and options. You might be able to make things better in your current home. 

The Housing Executive is the organisation that is legally responsible for helping homeless people and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland.

Talk to someone if you haven't got anywhere safe to stay. Social Services can help you if you are under 18 and don't have anywhere safe to live. The Housing Executive may be able to help if you are over 18. 

Speak to our advisers if you have any questions or you're worried about talking to these services. We can explain your rights.

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