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Homelessness

Updated: 03 Dec 2016
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Homeless hostel in Ballymena
Homeless hostel Ballymena
In 2015/16 there has been a decrease in the number of people presenting as homeless from 19,621 to 18,628, representing a 5% decrease overall. Those accepted as having Full Duty Applicant status showed a marginal increase from 11,016 to 11,202 over the year. Single people, at 52%, 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, 55% of presenters are in these categories.
Over the course of the past year we have provided funding for homeless services across the province with figures listed below:
  • £4.645m on temporary accommodation, including DIME (Dispersed Intensively Managed Emergency) and Smartmove accommodation;
  • £1.389m for storage of personal belongings;
  • £2.224m on outside agencies in the voluntary sector;
  • Our 2016/17 budget for the provision of homelessness services is £8.25m. Additionally, through the SP programme we also provide £27.3m towards homeless related support services. The total homelessness budget is therefore £35.55m.
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.