If you have been granted international protection and have been residing in Direct Provision, you will have to leave the centre and move into other accommodation. Most centres allow people to stay after they get their status because it is difficult to find housing.
There are two options when leaving Direct Provision, the first involves applying for social housing, or the second is to acquire private rented accommodation. It is often very difficult to acquire private rented accommodation so it may be easier to apply for social housing.
Social housing is provided by each local authority. You can apply to get on the housing list through your local authority. It is best to apply to the local authority where you currently reside, as you will have an established ‘local connection’.
Threshold is the National Housing Charity and provides information and advice on a range of topics related to housing.
International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) is the State agency tasked with the providing accommodation for asylum-seekers in Direct Provision.
For further information on housing visit here.