On 2 July 2019 a group of long-term homeless hostel residents dressed as superheroes and were joined by elected representatives to deliver research to the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).

The group have been documenting the experiences of homeless people across 22 hostels for the last year

In December 2018 the group launched the FDA No Delay campaign, calling for all residents to be granted a Full Duty Applicant homeless status assessment within one week of presenting as homeless at a hostel.

Their campaign has now secured the support of Sinn Féin, DUP, SDLP and People Before Profit.

Four councils have so far passed motions of support calling for action from the NIHE.

Despite the statutory obligation on the NIHE and cross party political support many homeless hostel residents are being failed by the process, leading to months, and even years in hostel accommodation where mental health deteriorates and prospects of finding suitable long term accommodation are bleak.

The stress and anxiety caused by prolonged periods of homelessness can worsen existing physical and mental health conditions and lead to new ones

Niall Malone - who has been homeless for four years and is currently living in a hostel in Newry - said:

"It is ridiculous the hoops you have to jump through just to be recognised as homeless and we are not getting any recognition from Clark Bailie. It is pure neglect on the part of the Housing Executive."

Marissa McMahon provides support to the group on behalf of PPR. She said:

“The group were using a bit of fun to make a very serious point. It is incredible that homeless people are being denied homeless status in such numbers despite the statutory obligations and the massive support they have received from Councils and political parties. The scale of the housing crisis is being underplayed with devastating impacts on very vulnerable people.

"The report the group has delivered documents the experience of hundreds of residents over over 22 hostels. It explains the harm being caused to people who are left in limbo while they wait to be recognised by the NIHE and sets out a number of no cost recommendations for the Chief Executive to action."