In 2007 PPR began working with residents in the Seven Towers high rise complex in North Belfast. Decades of neglect and poor maintenance have left the Seven Towers severely run down. That families continue to be housed in poor conditions in high rise housing points to the real issue – that years after the end of the conflict, housing inequality impacting Catholics in North Belfast continues to exist.

The group have achieved significant improvements in the flats complex including; the removal of pigeon waste from communal landings, the replacement of the sewage system which frequently overflowed through baths and sinks, changes in multimillon pound plans which ignored residents needs and the re-housing of the majority of families into more suitable accommodation. In 2012 they launched the ‘Equality Can’t Wait’ campaign, involving residents from across North Belfast impacted by the issue. The group are calling for a time-bound, resourced strategy to finally tackle housing inequality in North Belfast.

 

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

Inez Mc Cormack, PPR's founder always told us to name the problem if we hope to tackle it.   The housing crisis is getting worse and women and children are worst affected.  Today, over 20,000 children are waiting for a place to call home in our society. This is no accident. Political parties and big developers dictate housing policy.  Decision makers routinely exclude the voices of women and children.  Nowhere is this more clear than at Hillview Retail Park, Crumlin Road, North Belfast. 

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.

 

Syrian families

Report released today (30th July 2018) documents substandard housing conditions and recurrent racist abuse experienced by Syrian refugees in Belfast.

Young #BuildHomesNow activits and their families will launch their film highlighting the effects that homelessness has on a child’s development, mental health, education, and childhood.  The film is a call to action directed at those who have the power to end the housing crisis here.

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. 

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