Homelessness

Updated: 14 Aug 2018
Homeless hostel in Ballymena
Homeless hostel Ballymena
In 2016/17 the number of households presenting as homeless fell from 18,628 to 18,573, representing a marginal decrease overall.
Those accepted as having Full Duty Applicant status showed a 6.1% increase from 11,202 to 11,889 over the year. Single people, at 51%, remain the highest overall presenter household category grouping.
The top three reasons for homeless presentations continue to be sharing breakdown/family dispute, accommodation not reasonable, and loss of rented accommodation. Overall, 59% of presenters are in these categories.
Over the course of the past year we have provided total funding of approximately £37m for homeless services across Northern Ireland, with figures listed below:
  • £4.319m on temporary accommodation, including DIME (Dispersed Intensively Managed Emergency);
  • £1.504m for storage of personal belongings;
  • £2.299m on outside agencies in the voluntary sector;
  • £28.755m on Supporting People funding of homelessness services.
Prevention of homelessness remains a key strategic objective of the 2012-2017 Homelessness Strategy and a mechanism for achieving this objective is the implementation of a Housing Options Approach across the organisation.
This approach features early preventative intervention and explores all possible housing options including social renting, private renting, affordable housing and remaining in current accommodation.
In response to the new statutory duty to produce a homelessness strategy, our strategic approach remains focused on addressing the issues that lead to homelessness as well as meeting the temporary and permanent accommodation needs of those who present as homeless.
If you or anyone in your family is concerned about becoming homeless we are here for you. We can give you advice and help you get accommodation and support.