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.

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

A damning report into homelessness and destitution amongst asylum seekers in Northern Ireland, entitled ‘A Place of Refuge: A monitor of homelessness among destitute asylum seekers - A proposal for action’, was released today (11th May 2016). The research, which involved interviews with 36 destitute asylum seekers, was carried out by the newly formed Housing4All campaign group supported by PPR.

This week the families of the Equality Can’t Wait campaign are going door to door in Ardoyne calling for action to ensure social housing on the Dunnes/Hillview site on the Crumlin road. On the first night over three hundred Ardoyne residents signed the petition calling for MLAs and Councillors to intervene to ensure social housing.

‘Santa can’t get down our chimney because they haven’t built our home yet’ - Homeless families in Xmas appeal to elected representatives: “Don’t miss the opportunity to build 1005 homes!”

On the 1st April 2015 ECW launched a 38 Page photo mapping report on the available land for social housing in Belfast. Families on the housing waiting list had meticulously detailed the land and money available to tackle the housing crisis.

Families campaigning for homes have called for a meeting with the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive today (Wednesday 28th October 2015). 

On the 6th October, in broad daylight with multiple witnesses, two men ransacked the east Belfast homes of Hussam Eldim Ahmed and Ahmed Mohammed Alzian.


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