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.

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.

"I had to go to some extraordinary lengths before things started to look up for me. It strikes me as very strange that there doesn't seem to be any accountability on the decisions they make about people's cases."

On Wednesday (24th May 2017) Travellers of North Cork launched their Accommodation Rights Charter campaign in University College Cork, alongside plans to monitor the Irish state's progressive realisation of their right to accommodation over the next year.

PPR have been working with TNC since the summer of 2016.

Charter outlines ‘four simple steps’ to start fixing a system that “is not working”.

Homeless Action – a group of people experiencing homelessness in Northern Ireland – staged the launch of their ‘Homeless Action Charter’ outside the offices of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) today (16th September 2014).

Hostel Residents

In the last week participants in the joint Simon Community NI and PPR initiative, which promotes the rights of people affected by homelessness, held a planning residential and provided testimony and evidence to the United Nations Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

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