Posted on Tuesday 24 June 2014 by Ruairí McVeigh
Homelessness has become an increasing problem in Northern Ireland. It is not only described as living or sleeping on the streets. Homelessness can affect anyone, anytime for a number of reasons. Even if you have a roof over your head you may still be considered homeless. You may be homeless if you are:
Charities are increasingly dealing with new homeless people who have been living comfortably until struck by job loss, family break-ups or other such crises. Researchers say that the majority of people in Northern Ireland are at most two pay cheques away from being homeless.
A total of 4,271 households presented as homeless to the Housing Executive during October to December 2012. This was an increase of 396 (9%) compared to the same quarter in 2013. In 2012 – 2013 there were 19,354 households presented as being homeless. The main reasons for this are because the accommodation is not reasonable and sharing breakdowns/ family disputes. (16%)
In the Oct-Dec quarter of 2013 the amount of families presenting as being homeless was 1,382. If we compare this to the figures of the same quarter in the previous year (1,278), we find that this is an increase of 8.13%.
In males aged 26-59 the amount of men presenting as homeless between October and December 2012 was 1,084. Comparing this to the same period in 2013 we can clearly see that there was a huge increase rising to 1,229. This means that there was an increase of 13.4%. In the same quarter of the same year the number of females presenting as homeless increased from increased from 374 to 441. This is a significant rise of nearly 18%.
The total number of homeless households accepted as full duty applicants from April 2011 to march 2012 was 9,021 compared to 9,878 in the following year. This is a huge increase of 9.5%.
If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you should contact the NIHE as soon as possible on Tel: 034 4892 0900
Belfast and South East
Belfast, North, Mid
and East Down Areas
028 9056 5444
Newry and Mourne
028 3083 5000
Armagh & Dungannon
028 3752 2381
Banbridge & Craigavon
028 3833 4444
028 6638 2000
028 8772 2821
Magherafelt & Cookstown
028 9446 8833
028 8283 3100
028 7134 5171
Co. Antrim and
028 9446 8833
If you become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless on the 13th July, you should telephone 028 9024 6111 for all areas in Northern Ireland.