Updated: 24 May 2013
The number of households presenting as homeless during the year was 19,737. The number of households accepted as statutorily homeless was 9,021. The main reasons for homelessness included breakdown in family relationships, unreasonable accommodation, loss of rented accommodation, neighbourhood harrassment, mortgage default, domestic violence, intimidation and release from hospital or prison.
The Housing Amendment Act 2010 came into effect on 13 April 2010 and included a statutory requirement for the Housing Executive to produce a homelessness strategy every 5 years. One of the stipulations of the new Act is that the other statutory agencies will be required to take into account the homelessness strategy in the implementation of their own functions.
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. The new homelessness strategy was pulbished in May 2012.
If you or anyone in your family is concerned about become homeless we are here for you. We can give you advice and help you get accommodation and support.