Homelessness Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012 -17

Northern Ireland Housing Executive, April 2012

The Housing Executive, Northern Ireland’s strategic housing authority, has published its new strategy to tackle homelessness in Northern Ireland. 

The Homelessness Strategy sets out Northern Ireland’s strategy for tackling homelessness over the next five years and establishes the guiding principles for the development and delivery of homelessness services. This strategy builds on progress made in implementing the recommendations contained in the 2002 Homelessness Strategy “Making a Difference to People’s Lives”.

The aim of this homelessness strategy is that long term homelessness and rough sleeping be eliminated across Northern Ireland by 2020.

The strategy has four strategic objectives:

  1. to place homeless prevention at the forefront of service delivery;
  2. to reduce the length of time households and individuals experience homelessness by improving access to affordable housing;
  3. to remove the need to sleep rough;
  4. to improve services to vulnerable homeless households and individuals.

It highlights the context within which the new strategic direction will be developed.  The new integrated approach includes a range of initiatives from support services to prevent homelessness to the introduction of a province-wide private rented sector access scheme.

An implementation plan will now be developed and progress will be monitored by the Department for Social Development.