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First Housing Aid & Support Services

Everyone has a fundamental right to a home that is safe, secure and affordable

About Us

First housing Aid and Support Services is a voluntary sector non-profit making organisation in operation since 1989 which provides professional advice on housing in Northern Ireland and solutions to people who find themselves in housing difficulties. First Housing is committed to providing and developing services that offer a meaningful response to the needs of people that are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless. It is our commitment to ensure that a decent home is within the reach of every family and single person.

First Housing continues to play a key role in the much-needed provision of support and accommodation to people in severe housing difficulty throughout Northern Ireland. We believe everyone has a fundamental right to a home that is safe, secure and affordable

  • Engage

    First Housing offers accommodation with support that enables you to exercise maximum possible choice over how you are supported and how that support is delivered.
  • Advise

    We will ensure that you have appropriate information and advice delivered by competent staff. We will help signpost you to appropriate services that can help you with benefits, health issues, employment, legal issues, and help you build links to your local community. Our staff are very highly skilled and have the values, attitude, motivation and training to help you achieve the outcomes you want for yourself.
  • Support

    Support is available 24/7 by competent well trained staff. Our processes are easy to understand and we will make sure that assessments are explained, simple and proportionate to risk. People who access our services will know what we can deliver and how we will work with them. We will work with you to deliver high quality support that considers your views, needs and opinions. Support will be centred on you as an individual. Our ethos is “Nothing about you without you”
  • House

    We will help you to access quality accommodation with support and to build personal and support networks with other agencies. We will deliver commitments to Equality ensuring that support we deliver is culturally sensitive, relevant to diverse communities across age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation and disability. We want housing options to take account of your whole life including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

Our Work

Our work covers a range of issues from temporary supported accommodation, through supported housing for people with mental health issues; from helping through with addiction problems to allowing people to access the private rented sector.

  • Accommodation Services

    Accommodation projects supporting the needs of families and young people.

  • Floating Support Services

    Specialist one-to-one support helping people with all their housing needs.

  • Addiction Services

    First Housing has two specialist accommodation projects for people suffering alcohol addiction who are sleeping rough.
    Damien House caters for 12 men while Ramona House has 8 beds, suitable for men and women. Meals are provided; health professionals visit the projects daily and staff support is tailored to an individuals needs.

    Our Night Support Team work in Derry City getting the vulnerable home safe

    Way to Go, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, through the 'Impact of Alcohol' Programme compliments our work in this area

    Read more below

‘Developing and delivering services that offer a meaningful response to the needs of homeless people while ensuring a decent home is within the reach of every family and single person with whom we work in Northern Ireland’

Get Involved

Jobs

First Housing is currently hiring the following positions

15 Nov 2019
Bank Support Workers Damien House Jefferson Court Temporary Accommodation Support Worker, Damien House (6 months) Francis Street
Volunteering
There are not currently any volunteering opportunities available. Please check back later.

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Why Donate?

Supporting First Housing with a one-off gift is the best way you can help us to achieve our long-term goals. Your money helps support our work in many different ways.

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Featured

  • Ho, Ho, Ho Secret Santa

    My oh my, look at this donation received into Head Office today for our residents in our supported accommodation projects in Derry city. The bags are stuffed full of presents!

    A very special Derry Girl ( you know who you are! ) made this donation.

    Thank you for your amazing act of generosity.

    #derrygirl, #howmanysleeps

  • .

    The affection that the people of Derry had for Jimmy, has been evident since his passing through the huge outpouring of sadness and stories on social media and in and around Derry City.
    First Housing would like to send a big thank you to all who donated towards Jimmy's funeral and to Mark H Durkan, MLA who set up the fundraiser. An amazing £2,959 was raised over two days.

    Sadly missed by his friends in Damien House and the staff and management of First Housing.