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When everyone has a home

Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640

November 2014

People who become homeless are facing major problems finding affordable rented accommodation due to housing shortages. Local advice charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) set up almost 50 years ago, says more help is needed to prevent homelessness occurring in the first place. The charity is highlighting the issue as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.

Most people who contact HRS for assistance are either homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Ursula Toner, Advice Services Manager with HRS said:

As the latest NI repossession statistics are published, Housing Rights Service  (HRS) is urging householders to continue to avail of free independent advice and to turn up to court hearings. 

Housing Rights Service operates a dedicated Mortgage Debt Advice Service on behalf of the Department for Social Development. It also provides emergency representation at Court. 

Maria McNally, a specialist legal adviser with the charity said:

Local charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) is holding an event in Belfast today to encourage debate on how to make renting privately in Northern Ireland a more attractive housing option.

Faced with long waiting lists for social housing and continued difficulties finding a mortgage, more families and individuals are turning to private landlords for accommodation.