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.

Traveller Homes Now campaign launch

‘You know sometimes you have conferences and people get agitated but here they were totally zoned in, they loved that rather than all the talking and academic stuff.’  Bridget Kelly, Galway Traveller Movement

Last week saw the escalation of a number of campaigns across Belfast by the homeless, those living in poor housing and communities being squeezed by a pro-developer agenda within Belfast City Council and systematically excluded from decision making processes impacting the future of their families and communities.

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.

 

Housing & Homeless campaigners call on City Councillors to reject flawed plan and back alternative vision capable of reducing housing need by 14%

‘For I was hungry, and you did not feed me...whatever you did not do for those of the least among you,  you did not do for me’

Elected representatives join campaigners to call for homes at Dunnes / Hillview

Vacant land at Dunnes/Hillview in north Belfast capable of addressing chronic housing and employment needs. What will happen next?

On Thursday 3rd November President Santos of Columbia and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriquez de Santos will travel to Belfast as part of a state visit to the UK. Activists, academics and political representatives from Northern Ireland have contributed their support and expertise to the cause of ending the 50 year conflict that resulted in over 260,000 deaths and tens of thousands of abductions or disappearances. President Santos stated in The Times Newspaper: “For two centuries, Colombia and the UK have shared common values and related experiences, but none is more pertinent to the current efforts being undertaken in Colombia, than the Northern Ireland peace process” As part of his visit, President Santos will discuss the challenges of post-conflict reconciliation and visit Titanic Belfast, and the Girdwood Community Hub – both publicly lauded as symbols of the new forward looking Northern Ireland.

A report published today by human rights organisation, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR), authored by economist Paul Gosling, outlines that while an increase in social housing provision could be funded through a policy of promoting mixed tenure (social and affordable) developments, the main barrier to addressing the housing crisis is the lack of political action to make land available.

Families say plans to exclude social housing at Dunnes/Hillview are “unacceptable” and elected representatives say addressing homelessness should be a priority for Dunnes/Hillview site

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