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.

Asylum seekers living in Belfast are asking MPs in Northern Ireland to represent their views and protect their rights at a debate in Westminster on 10th October on the Asylum Accommodation Contracts worth just over £4bn for the next 10 years.

The Home Office are weeks away from signing these contracts, yet a proper consultation process which fully evaluates the failings of the previous contract and seeks the views of key stakeholders and asylum seekers, has not been carried out.

PPR is currently recruiting an Assistant Director of Programmes and an Administrator, both based in the Belfast office.

Marissa McMahon, Crisis Scotland, slaying the dragon, equality can't wait

Project Organiser, Marissa Mc Mahon and Equality Can’t Wait (ECW) resident Elenor Mulligan attended an event held by Crisis Scotland- ‘Slaying the Dragon’, an event which examined the various tactics and strategies that groups throughout the UK were using to address homelessness and best practice for collaborative learning. 

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR), in partnership with the Simon Community Northern Ireland, are recruiting a Project Organiser to lead a ground breaking project aiming to challenge the root causes of homelessness using a human rights based approach. The Project Organiser must be highly motivated, committed to social justice and capable of supporting others to advocate for themselves.

 

Rathcoole Regeneration Group, supported by PPR, have welcomed the decision by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to rent out 30 publicly owned but empty flats in their area to address housing need, but are insistent that much more needs to be done to fulfil housing rights obligations impacting their community.

Homeless Action Conference, 9th April 2015, 10am-3pm, Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast

PPR and the Homeless Action Group were joined by Green Party MLA, Steven Agnew to criticise recent comments made by the Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA regarding the extent of homelessness in Northern Ireland. The Minister’s comments, made during a recent Assembly session revealed he estimated only “22 or 23” people are actually homeless.

Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, marks Homelessness Awareness Week by backing the Homeless Action Charter and sending a message of support to the group.

Activists from Equality Can’t Wait and Homeless Action put their human rights campaigns on the housing Chief Executive’s agenda.

On Tuesday 14th October 2014, 15 housing activists from the Equality Can’t Wait and Homeless Action campaigns held a positive first meeting with Ms. Mags Lightbody, Chief Executive of the NI Housing Executive.

Homeless Action, a group of hostel residents, has exposed major failings in how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive currently assess homelessness and allocate housing. Several members of the group have seen dramatic improvements in how their cases are being dealt with after presenting them to the head of the NIHE.

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