Homelessness Awareness Week's (HAW) aim is to highlight the issue of homelessness across Northern Ireland, and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, and service users working in the sector. In recognition of this, we look at how Housing Rights recently helped Sarah, a Housing Executive tenant at risk of losing her home. This is just one example of the many ways Housing Rights works to prevent homelessness in NI.
The number of people accepted as homeless in Northern Ireland has increased by 13% since 2012/13. The key to tackling this is to work to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, according to research published this week by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Professor Paddy Gray from Ulster University will be speaking at and chairing our upcoming conference, Private Rented Sector - Getting it Right 2016. Below he outlines why this conference is so timely for the private rented sector in NI.
February 2016 saw the roll out of “right to rent” checks across England. All landlords providing tenancies in England are required to carry out these checks. The aim of the checks is to ensure that any person living in a rental property has the correct permissions to reside in the country and to contribute towards a more “hostile environment” for migrants who are here without the necessary permissions.