Housing for homeless people

The City of Reykjavík owns housing for people with complex needs who receive the services of the VoR Team. These include rooming houses, apartment complexes, single and adjoining apartments, and tiny houses.

How do I apply for housing?

In most cases, you can apply for housing for homeless people witha counselor at a service center. You can also submit an application on My Pages or submit an application in PDF format to VELumsokn@reykjavik.is.

The allocation team for homeless individuals with complex and extensive service needs informs service centers when housing is available. Applications are evaluated in professional meetings held by the allocation team and housing is allocated accordingly. Service center counselors are responsible for notifying applicants of allocation.

What happens if an application is denied?

If your application is denied, and you believe there are exceptional circumstances, you can request a review by the Welfare Council Appeal Board.

Single apartments

Social rental units owned or managed by Félagsbústaðir specifically designated for individuals who are homeless and have complex and extensive service needs. Residents receive comprehensive, individualized support from the VoR Team in the form of home visits. The VoR Team assists in day-to-day activities to improve the individual’s quality of life and skills.

Adjacent apartments and rooms

Rooming houses and adjacent apartments aim to provide housing and support to lead independent and fulfilling lives to homeless individuals with extensive and complex service needs with. These locations are under a 24-hour watch.


Tiny houses

Tiny houses ensure a safe home for homeless people with addiction or mental health problems. People can get tiny houses for longer or shorter periods and will then no longer need to use short-term resources, such as emergency shelters.