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When everyone has a home

Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640


Housing Rights works to achieve positive change by promoting and protecting the rights of people in housing need.  We work to make sure that the voices of the people we help are heard and their problems are reported. 

We are happy to provide spokespersons who can comment on a range of housing issues such as:

  • Welfare reform and housing
  • Finding accommodation
  • Homelessness
  • Repossession
  • Rights when renting privately
  • Housing conditions

If you would like information, comment, or would like to speak to one of our spokespeople email us at pressofficer@housingrights.org.uk  or telephone 02890 245640.

Press releases

Below you'll find some of our recent press releases explaining the difficulties people in Northern Ireland face when trying to find or keep a suitable home.

Housing Rights Service (HRS) is urging people who are worried about paying the rent or mortgage this month to contact them for advice.  The local advice charity is also encouraging people to attend upcoming court hearings for possession, as it could mean the difference between keeping or losing the home.

Housing in Northern Ireland is about to see the biggest change since the formation of the Housing Executive in 1971. In January the Minister for Social Development announced proposals to reform the way social housing is delivered. Nelson McCausland’s vision is to create “Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live”.

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 could be done to prevent homelessness occurring in the first place. The charity is highlighting the issue as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.

On the day when the Northern Ireland Court Service released figures showing a 20% increase in the number of possession orders granted, local advice charity Housing Rights Service says it’s concerned about the delay in setting up a Government task force to tackle the problem.

As the latest Court Service figures showing the number of actions for possession are released, Housing Rights Service is urging householders to get free independent advice and to turn up to court hearings.

With demand for mortgage debt advice at an all time high, Housing Rights Service says a task force is needed urgently to tackle the problem of repossessions.  This follows publication of the latest Court Service figures which show the number of actions for possession have increased 33% in the last five years.

A report into how credit unions are serving low-income communities in Northern Ireland is being launched later today. The study “Towards Financial Inclusion, the expansion of credit union financial services for low-income households” has been commissioned by Housing Rights Service out of concern about increasing use of high-cost lending amongst low-income households and the crippling impact this lending is having on families.