Since 2012, PPR has been working in partnership with the Simon Community Northern Ireland, on a unique and innovative project supporting people affected by homelessness, to use PPR’s Human Rights Based Approach to make changes in the services they receive and in wider government policy on homelessness.

The Homeless Action initiative was publicly launched in November 2013 at a ‘Homeless not Voiceless’ Hearing in Belfast. It was the first time homeless people themselves in Northern Ireland established human rights priorities, and began to monitor whether government and service delivery bodies were progressing their rights.

In September 2014 the group launched the Homeless Action Charter, making concrete proposals to the Northern Ireland Executive to begin ending homelessness.

Affordable Housing Definition Changes

A consultation opened by the Department for Communities NI on redefining affordable housing closes today. 

We have summarised the way that the Department for Communities is targeting its limited resources away from homeless families and individuals towards the 30% on the housing list in the least need. 

This includes ignoring the 15,000 children who are currently homeless in Northern Ireland. 

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

PPR highlights obstacles to securing state accountability for social and economic rights to UN

29 March 2019 


PPR responds to call for  input from UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights regarding state accountabilty 



Homeless people gather at ‘future of housing’ conference  in Belfast to raise money to pay for entry. [i]

Housing4All present report on asylum seekers experience of poverty to UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston

On Saturday 10th November 2018, representatives of the Housing4All group presented their report Enforced Destitution: Experiences of Destitution amongst the Asylum Seeking Population in Belfast to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme Poverty Professor Phillip Alston.

November 2018


Situation update: social housing

in Northern Ireland


The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, visited Belfast on 10 November 2018 and met with members of the Equality Can’t Wait / Build Homes Now! campaign. The group’s briefing note to him cover child homelessness, resources for social housing and the impact of inequality.

Child homelessness


Equality Can't Wait and Housing for All campaigners meet with UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

Families impacted by welfare reform, homelessness and enforced destitution met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston in Belfast on Saturday 10 November 2018 to share their experiences as well as their proposals for change.



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