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Housing Rights NI was established as a charity in 1964, like Simon Community NI they believe that preventing homelessness is the best solution and that everyone should have a home.

Housing Rights provides independent specialist advice, advocacy and representation services to people throughout Northern Ireland, who are homeless or suffering housing problems.

Last year, over 11,500 people contacted Housing Rights for support. They advised on almost 43,000 housing issues, providing 933 people with free legal representation, and prevented homelessness for 1,147 households

Housing Rights’ services include:


A daily housing advice line helping people across Northern Ireland get to grips with their housing problems. You can contact Housing Right helpline by calling 028 9024 5640.

Advocacy and representation

Housing Rights’ advisers work on complex, strategic cases. They can represent members of the public at court, liaise with statutory bodies and private landlords on behalf of clients, providing support to people struggling with housing and debt problems.

A website that provides reliable, independent housing advice and information, helping people find the answers to their housing concerns. Service users can also request advice via email using an online form or via instant chat.

Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme

Housing Rights’ specialist legal advisers attend court to offer free emergency advice and representation to homeowners and tenants facing possession without legal representation and at risk of being made homeless.

Prisons Housing Advice and Peer Project

Specialist housing advisers, based within prisons in Northern Ireland, help people who have been remanded in custody, or who are serving prison sentences, and are worried about their housing situation.

Beyond the Gate

Beyond the Gate provides intensive short-term support to the most vulnerable prisoners on release, to ensure they have a place to live and are connected with appropriate support services within the community.

Community Housing Advice Partnership

The Community Housing Advice Partnership (CHAP) supports generalist advice agencies throughout Northern Ireland to deliver high quality housing advice in their communities.

Housing Champions Project

The Housing Champions Project is a peer volunteer learning project. It’s designed to train and support advisers from black and ethnic minority communities to provide one-to-one housing advice to their communities.

For more information on housing rights in Northern Ireland visit