This report provides an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Northern Ireland. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes. The authors describes the causes and prevalence of homelessness in Northern Ireland in 2016. They also highlight emerging trends and forecast likely future changes, identifying the developments likely to have the most significant impacts on homelessness. In particular they comment on the housing benefit system, homelessness among young people, and `hidden' homelessness affecting those in temporary or inadequate accommodation.