Established as a charity in 1964, we are the leading provider of independent advice, training and information on housing and homelessness issues in NI. We believe prevention of homelessness is the best cure and work tirelessly to keep people in their homes and help them with their housing problems.

Last year we helped 12,156 households deal with their housing problems.

To help assist as many people as possible we offer the following services: 

Helpline – a daily housing advice line, helping people get to grips with their housing problems.

Advocacy and Representation – housing advisers work on complex and strategic cases. They represent members of the public at Court, liaise with statutory bodies/private landlords on behalf of clients, and provide support to people struggling with housing and debt problems.

Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) – A specialist legal adviser is available in Courts to offer free emergency advice and representation to homeowners and tenants facing possession.

Landlord Advice – a free helpline for registered landlords in NI to promote professional standards in both the management of accommodation and delivery of quality services to tenants.

Mediation Service – to provide an alternative dispute resolution service to those in the private rented sector.

Policy – our policy work is based on the experiences of clients we advise and represent. We work on their behalf to secure positive change to housing policy, practice and legislation.

Research- Undertaking research which will help to inform/influence the policy formulation process in relation to homelessness and housing policy in NI.

Andrew Hassard Chair

Janet Hunter Chief Executive

Why Housing Rights is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“Housing Rights is committed to building the strength of the organisation and in particular the skills and experience of our Board Directors over recent years.  In May 2017 we restructured the governance of the organisation to include both an Executive and an Audit & Risk Committee.  This evolving journey has enabled us to grow and develop in key areas such as risk management, financial planning, business continuity, good governance, quality assurance and performance management to name a few.  We remain keen to share our learning and help develop others who could transfer learning from our experience via the Host opportunity and currently host an Apprentice.  As this is currently our first active year in the programme our Board have agreed to apply again in order to continue to be able to offer the opportunity to another Board Apprentice for the incoming year.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Housing Rights office, 1st Floor, Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meet 6 times per annum (January/ March/ May/ July/ September & November) from 12.30pm – 2pm generally and the Executive Committee meet in the months between these at same times.  The Audit & Risk Committee meet 11am-12.15pm four time per annum in January, May, July and November.  All meetings normally occur on a Tuesday,

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

21/9/21; 16/11/21; 25/1/22; 22/3/22; 17/5/22 and 19/7/22 

(2022 dates are provisional)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Exec. Committee: 19/10/21; 15/2/22; 26/4/22; 14/6/22; 16/8/22

Audit & Risk Comm: 16/11/21; 25/1/22; 17/5/22; 19/7/22.

(2022 dates are provisional)