You will usually be able to apply for housing if you are over 18 and have local connection to Northern Ireland. Habinteg allocates all its permanent housing from the Common Selection Scheme, devised by the Department for Social Development (DSD). For detailed information regarding this process, you should download the booklet - Housing Selection Scheme. The Selection Scheme uses a Points System to allocate housing to those in need. Housing Rights Service have produced a very helpful video showing how the Point System works - you can view it - HERE - or on their website
To register on the waiting list for housing, you can call the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) on 03448 920 900 and complete an application over the telephone. You can apply on line - HERE - or download an application form - HERE - complete and return to your local NIHE Office (find your nearest office -HERE). You will be contacted to complete an assessment.
The single application form means that your application will be considered by all social landlords in your preferred areas of choice. It will also allow you to apply for sheltered housing and specialised accommodation.
If you think you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless you should contact the NIHE as soon as possible on the number given above. Homelessness is dealt with through the NIHE Area Offices or, in the case of Belfast, through the NIHE dedicated Homelessness Services Unit.
NB If you are offered housing with Habinteg, you will be required to have your photograph taken at the time of signing for your tenancy. This is under new guidelines introduced to help combat tenancy fraud. For further information, please read our Photographic ID Requirements leaflet.