What to do if you're homeless
If you're homeless and have nowhere to stay, you should contact the Housing Executive Homeless Support Unit on 03448 920 900.
You may be eligible for support from the Housing Executive if you're:
- homeless or likely to be homeless within 28 days, and
- entitled to assistance from the Housing Executive, and
- a priority for assistance because you have children or are vulnerable in some way, and
- homeless through no fault of your own.
If you're not eligible, staff will give you a list of hostels that may be able to provide you with a bed for the night.
You can also call the Simon Community 24 hours a day on 0800 171 2222 - they may be able to find you accommodation.
Try to avoid having to spend a night on the streets. A friend or family member may be able to help you out for a night or two until you’ve found somewhere to stay.
Remember, you don’t have to be living on the streets to be homeless. You are homeless if the Housing Executive believes it’s not reasonable for you to continue living in your current home. That could be because you’ve been asked to leave, because you can’t afford it anymore or because living there is damaging your health.
Help and advice
Get advice and find out what your rights are by speaking to the Housing Rights Service on 028 9024 5640 or visit their website.
You can also get help with homelessness and housing problems at your local Citizens Advice Bureau or independent advice agency.