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

In 2015 Housing4All were supported by PPR to: monitor how human right to housing was being violated with respect to destitute asylum seekers.

Housing4All designed their own human rights monitoring surveys using action research methods and carried it out with 36 destitute asylum seekers in the Belfast area through weekly housing rights clinics held in the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers' offices, or through homeless support services, shelters, and elsewhere.

The report 'Human Rights for Some: A monitor of homelessness among destitute asylum seekers, A proposal for action' was launched May 2016.

Since the launch Housing4All have secured widespread political, community, NGO and trade union support for their proposals to end destitution for asylum seekers.

Housing4All are also developing a number of related initiatives to monitor the provision and quality of accommodation to asylum seekers through the UK Home Office system.

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.

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.

Syrian families

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

PPR is seeking to recruit a Development Worker to support and organise with Housing4All, a group of asylum seekers, refugees and supporters campaigning to end destitution and secure the right to housing for all people seeking asylum.

In January 2017 the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee released the report of their inquiry into Asylum Accommodation 

Four former asylum seekers, all of whom now have refugee status in Northern Ireland, have submitted complaints to both the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and private contractor Orchard & Shipman, about the disgraceful treatment they were subjected to while under the care of the NIHE during the asylum process. PPR and Housing4All call for establishment of Stormont Committee on Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers in Belfast have reported problems with their accommodation for years; issues range from poor quality accommodation; lack of adequate heating; ineffective complaint structures; intimidation; constantly being moved; and much more.

These problems are widespread, and have been reported in all of the regions of the UK.

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.

Housing 4 All, a campaign group of asylum seekers and supporters, met with the Lord Mayor, Nuala McAllister today to ask for support to end destitution among asylum seekers in NI and ensure that they all receive social services assessment.

 

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