Homeplus Northern Ireland works in Belfast, and assists refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are destitute and/or homeless. It offers a drop-in and advice centre during daytimes, and an outreach service every night of the year for rough sleepers and people who are homeless. As well as practical support, Homeplus NI helps with advice and information for foreign nationals, on their rights and responsibilities, benefits, housing, migration, employment and provides access to public services where possible. It is helping growing numbers of people whose asylum case is pending; who are new to the country; or who are appealing their case because it was turned down.
The Allen Lane Foundation offered a £5,000 grant to Homeplus NI at the June 2020 trustee meeting. The funding is towards the core costs of the advice centre, including a contribution to rent and sessional support. Around 350 destitute refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are expected to benefit from the advice centre each year.