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.

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.

 

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

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