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.

Equality Can't Wait group at Hillview site in North Belfast

PPR have raised questions over a number of troubling land deals conducted by the Department for Communities which resulted in a loss to the public purse of over £1.1 million.

Information received under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that the Department spent huge sums of public money over the last ten years buying private land for social housing where the need for additional homes is low.

Nicola Browne, Director (Policy) at PPR said;

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.

Save the Date! Housing and Accommodation Rights:Lessons from the Grassroots on the 22nd June 2017 at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

In the current political climate, where existing socio-economic protections are under concerted attack, the need to explore how change can be built from the ground up has never been greater.

PPR invite you to ‘Housing and Accommodation Rights: Lessons from the Grassroots’ to discuss new and effective campaigns going on in cities across the north and south of Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA.

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In the run up to elections Equality Can't Wait activists have been very busy securing support for the #BuildHomesNow campaign

Housing4All are a group of asylum seekers who are trying to ensure that the human right to housing is realised for destitute asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. 

Between October-December 2015 Housing for All were supported by Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) to: monitor how their human right to housing was being violated; how it impacted individuals and families; and identify possible solutions.

"Any decision on housing in North Belfast has to evidence how it will concretely address the inequality experienced, in this case, by the Catholic community. Attempting to build good relations on the basis of denying the needs, frustrating the rights, and silencing the voices of the poorest is wrong in itself as it is destructive to the goal of building a shared future." Inez McCormack (PPR Founder, May 2012)

PPR's Seán Brady charts the progress of the Equality Can't Wait campaign and outlines what is required of our political representatives to finally address religious inequality in housing across north Belfast.

As Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland fails to meet delegation of residents at Stormont, more political party representatives endorse United Nations recommendations to address North Belfast housing inequality

UN Rapporteur Report Calls for North Belfast Housing Inequality to Be Tackled

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing today released the Report of her Official Mission to the UK. In the report, the Rapporteur Ms. Raquel Rolnik includes a section specifically on housing inequality that impacts the Catholic community in North Belfast, and calls for 'concerted efforts' to address the situation.

Residents due to present evidence to Dolores Kelly MLA, Social Development Committee Representative

Social housing residents from North Belfast are meeting today (Wednesday 15th January 2013)  with the SDLP’s Social Housing spokesperson and representative on the NI Assembly Social Development Committee Dolores Kelly MLA to present over a year’s worth of research into the poor housing conditions and experiences of families on the waiting list in North Belfast.

Hostel Residents Use the Media to Raise Awareness of Religious Inequality in the Face of Ongoing Ministerial Denial

Sammy Jo and Orlaigh Lavery, who each live with their children in the Gráinne house hostel this week took their stories to the media to raise awareness of the human impact of the ongoing failure by the DSD to build and allocate homes based on need.


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