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The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2016

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study, commissioned by Crisis and is funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It provides an independent analysis and forecast of homelessness in Northern Ireland taking into consideration the post 2007 economic recession, its subsequent recovery and also the impact of policy changes in Northern Ireland.

The homeless monitor provides an account of how homelessness stands in Northern Ireland in 2016, or as close to 2016 as data availability allows. The key findings are as follows.

  • Statutory homelessness rose significantly during the early 2000s and has remained at historically high levels since 2005/2006.
  • In 2015/2016 almost 20,000 households presented as homeless. Of these, 60% (11,200) were deemed to be ‘Full Duty Applicants’ a 13% increase since 2012/2013.
  • The number of homeless applications due to the loss of rented accommodation remains steady in Northern Ireland, while England has seen a sharp increase.
  • Between 2,800 and 3,000 Temporary Accommodation placements are made annually. A rate which is fairly steady when compared to the rest of the UK.
  • Statutory homelessness acceptance rates are higher in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK.
  • 76% of all Northern Ireland Housing Executive lets to new tenants are accounted for by Full Duty Applicants.
  • Proportionally Northern Ireland has a higher rate of homelessness when compared to other parts of the UK. However a recent ‘Street Needs Audit’ indicates that visible rough sleeping levels remain low in Belfast city centre, averaging at six people per night.
  • There has been a much more extreme ‘boom and bust’ in the housing market in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK.

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Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramely, G., Wilcox, S. & Watts, B. (2016) The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2016. London: Crisis. Retrieved from