North and West Belfast: Acute Social Housing Need Concentrated in Predominately Catholic Areas

The numbers of households in housing stress or with homeless status are much higher in mainly Catholic areas than in nearby or adjacent mainly Protestant areas. Right to a Home | Wed Feb 19 2020
Response from Northern Ireland Housing Executive

At the end of year 2019, there were 3,167 households on the housing waiting list in West Belfast -- 83% of them in the predominately Catholic areas of Inner, Middle and Outer West Belfast, according to NIHE statistics obtained by Freedom of Information request.

Alarmingly, 87% of the 2,542 West Belfast households in housing stress were also in these predominately Catholic areas, as were 89% of the 2,062 households with Full Duty Applicant (FDA) status. Graphically, that looks like this:

A closer look will show the proportion of West Belfast households in housing stress that reside in predominately Catholic areas:

West Belfast: households in housing stress

The figures for North Belfast tell a similar story.

At end of year 2019, there were 2,586 households on the waiting list in North Belfast -- three quarters of them in the predominately Catholic North Belfast 1 Housing Need Assessment (HNA) area. With regard to housing stress, 79% of North Belfast households experiencing it live in the North Belfast 1 HNA area, as do 82% of FDA homeless households.

Housing need in North Belfast, 2019

For a closer look at housing stress in North Belfast, see the graph below.

North Belfast households in housing stress, 2019