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Founded in 1983, we are the umbrella organisation representing those working with homeless people throughout Northern Ireland. We are the independent voice of the sector.

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►KUF personality disorder training  |  Weds 22 Oct 2014  |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

►Protection of vulnerable adults | Weds 29 Oct 2014  |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

►Safer injecting | Tues & Weds 5/6 Nov  2014 |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

►Needle exchange and opiate subsititute therapy | Tues 11 Nov 2014  |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

►Working with challenging behaviours | Weds 12 Nov 2014  |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

►5 day WRAP facilitation programme |  Mon 24 Nov 2014 |  for info / to book, go to: core training calendar

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No good food should be wasted.


CHNI FareShare is a regional food sharing network that aims to help vulnerable groups in food poverty by distributing surplus, 'fit for purpose' food.


FareShare is a UK network of community based partnerships with regional organisations and charities that deliver services to their local Community Members. CHNI operates the model, under license, across Northern Ireland.






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The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accomm.) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. Click here


House of Commons Work & Pensions Committee: Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system (pdf). Click here


SP Housing Related Support Strategy, CHNI: click here  |  CRISPP: click here


►  Housing (Anti-Social Behaviour) Bill (NI), CHNI: click here  |  HPF: click here


►  HPF Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations, click here

 

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We believe that young people should be actively involved in the planning and delivery of housing and homelessness services that are aimed at them.


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23 Oct 2014: Big rise in number of new homes built in Northern Ireland.

BBC news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29727163



23 Oct 2014: NI Housing Statistics 2013-14, publication released today.

Copies of the report can be downloaded from the Analytical Services Unit (DSD) site: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_resea rch/stats-publications/stats-housing-publications/housing_stats.htm. The Unit is planning to undertake a review of new Dwelling Starts and Completions data included in the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin and Housing Statistics publications. Please refer to the above link for further information



21 Oct 2014: A tale of two cities - Athens v Munich: why homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones.

Guardian online article. In Athens, it’s caused by an economy in crisis; in Munich, by an economy that’s booming. The result, though, is the same – a worsening homeless problem that doesn’t reflect a city’s wealth.



20 Oct 2014: latest chni e-news bulletin

The bulletin can be viewed online here


20 Oct 2014: Housing First: the 'counterintuitive' method for solving urban homelessness.

Guardian online: Despite the global recession, homelessness in cities around the world is falling. Can a controversial strategy to give homeless people a roof first – that is, before addressing drug abuse or mental health – take the credit?



20 Oct 2014: Homeless World Cup 2014 kicks off in Chile

Northern Ireland sit in joint third with Scotland in their qualifying group, with six points from three games, two points of top spot. Ireland sit in joint second, behind Mexico, in their group.  


NI Street League is the Homeless World Cup's newest partner. Team Northern Ireland will make its debut at the Homeless World Cup tournament in 2013.


Team Ireland is organised by the Big Issue Street League. They mainly work with the Homeless, drug and alcohol dependant individuals in rehabilitation, ex-offenders, long-term unemployed with identified learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.


Guardian online video: www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2014/oct/20/ homeless-world-cup-2014-kicks-off-in-chile-video

Homeless World Cup website: https://www.homelessworldcup.org/

Qualifying tables:

www.homelessworldcup.org/chile-2014/tournament/group-stage




18 Oct 2014: tell us your plans for Homelessness Awareness Week 2014!

Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) is an annual, sector wide week of activities to highlight the issue of homelessness across Northern Ireland, and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, and service users working in the sector. This year HAW runs from Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 November.


In order to keep everyone in the sector up to date with planned events, we provide an online list and review of the activities held during Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW).


Please get in touch and let us know what events you have planned.



16 Oct 2014: Crisis England research report.

Turned away: The treatment of single homeless people by local authority homelessness services in England. more info at Crisis website



14 Oct 2014: Care leavers' 'emotional needs unmet'. BBC news article  |  Action For Children report.


09 Oct 2014: ‘Anti-homeless’ cages erected for health reasons, says Cardiff University.

Guardian online article. University claims metal grilles are not to deter outdoor sleepers but to prevent lengthy exposure to potentially toxic fumes.


03 October 2014: Latest ‘Keep on Supporting People’ campaign newsletter.  View online here


02 October 2014: MLAs get behind the campaign Last week a group of service users and providers took to Parliament Buildings, Stormont to call on MLAs to ‘Keep on Supporting People’ (see news below / images above).


More than 30 MLAs got behind the campaign with many taking to Twitter to add their voice to our call with media interest following swiftly alongside. It is important that we seize the moment to really bring the campaign to life and to the attention of those who are in a position to safeguard the Supporting People (SP) programme.


We need everyone involved in SP to get involved and help amplify the message.


read story here.



01 October 2014: Halloween massacre at Morrisons Bar, Belfast: 100helpthehomeless are hosting a Halloween bash to beat them all! Cheesy tunes and prizes for best fancy dress outfit. Tickets, questions, etc., visit site for contact details.



100helpthehomeless and City Centre Gym Belfast are also hosting a night of boxing on 18 October. Pro boxing coach, personal trainer and all-round nice guy Gerard McManus has kindly offered to train 20 complete novices to fight in a White Collar Boxing event. More here.



24 Sept 2014: VOYPIC gala ball. VOYPIC are holding a 21st Birthday Gala Ball in the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Saturday 25 October 2014 to celebrate their work since 1993 and to raise awareness and funding. Click here and here for more.


24 Sept 2014: Welfare reform splits MLAs: Assembly rejects vote opposing welfare reform... and also one supporting it. Belfast Telegraph article - click here.


24 Sept 2014: Drop in homelessness in Wales. Inside Housing article - click here.


24 Sept 2014: Nelson McCausland loses post in reshuffle.  Inside Housing article - click here.


24 Sept 2014: Northern Ireland Executive must find £200m of cuts between October and April. BBC News article - click here.


24 Sept 2014:  Next steps in social housing reform? Housing Rights Service article. Click here.


23 Sept 2014: Stormont welfare cuts debate: Sinn Fein motion calling on Executive to oppose 'Tory cuts agenda'. Belfast Telegraph article - click here.


23 Sept 2014: Welfare reform motion tops Stormont debate. BBC news article - click here


12 Sept 2014: Latest steps to improve standards in the PRS. The Housing Rights Service report that there have been a few promising announcements recently that aim to improve conditions in the Private Rented Sector. Read more here.


11 Sept 2014: Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has launched a new scheme that aims to tackle fuel poverty head on in 33,000 Northern Ireland homes. See NIHE article online, here.



11 Sept 2014: Personal debt levels higher in Northern Ireland says charity

Levels of personal debt in Northern Ireland are 20% higher than the rest of the UK, according to a report from StepChange, a nationwide debt advice service. BBC article  |  

StepChange report (pdf)



07 Sept 2014: Many teenagers 'moved from care to B&Bs'

More than half of English councils place young people leaving care in unsuitable accommodation for long periods, data from Barnardos’ suggests. BBC article here



29 Aug 2014: CHNI Fareshare recruiting for vacant post.

We are currently recruiting for Deputy Manager at our Belfast depot. Go to ‘sector vacancies’ on homepage for more details.


26 Aug 2014: floating support - landlords roadshows

A series of roadshows allowing private sector landlords and floating support providers to meet and build mutually beneficial relationships between the sectors.

Confirmed dates:

Wed 17 Sept - Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown

Wed 24 Sept - Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena

Wed 1 Oct - Belmont Hotel, Banbridge

Wed 8 Oct - Grosvenor House, Belfast

Wed 15 Oct - Tower Hotel, Derry.

all to be held between 7pm-8.30pm


All landlords attending will also get a copy of the new Floating Support Directory published by Supporting People.


These events are organised by DSD, NIHE, Smartmove Housing, CHNI, Depaul Ireland, Housing Rights Service, and the Landlords’ Association Northern Ireland.


poster for landlords


Queries

For queries about the purpose / content of the events: please contact Ms. Ricky Rowledge, Director, CHNI, either by email, or telephone: 90246440.


Do you provide floating support or related services and would like to promote these services at an event? We're offering relevant organisations the opportunity to provide a staffed information stand to promote their service at each of the events. This service shall be provided free of charge (display tables will be provided). Contact us to discuss: email  |  phone:  90246440



22 Aug 2014: Food poverty: Experts issue malnutrition health warning

BBC News article: More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, experts have warned. Read more here.


21 Aug 2014: Stark anti-drugs campaign 'needed to prevent deaths'

BBC news article states that young people have died "horrific deaths" from taking multiple drugs, a senior member of the Forensic Science service in Northern Ireland has said. Click here for more



18 Aug 2014: Diazepam: Online drug 'putting more young people in hospital'

BBC news article reports that Londonderry Magistrates' Court is told that the number of young people hospitalised after taking a diazepam circulating on the online black market has increased. Click here for more




15 Aug 2014: update - directorate activities

Ricky Rowledge, Director CHNI, and Cameron Watt CEO, NIFHA met Gregory Campbell MLA to discuss the Review of Supporting People, to highlight the importance of the project and call for a retention of the ring-fence and increased investment.


This was the first of a series of meetings taking place during August to include MLAs, Fra McCann, Mickey Brady, Dolores Kelly, Jim Allister. Michael Copeland, Paula Brady, Stewart Dickson and the Minister, Nelson McCausland.


Ricky is representing the interests of Members and their service users on the Review of Supporting People Project Advisory Group and the Project Advisory Group for the review of Accommodation-based services. Members will be kept abreast of the progress of these groups over the coming months.


Ricky has also been asked to represent NI on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Project Board to examine Destitution in the UK. She will be in contact with members to gather case studies to ensure NI is adequately represented in the final report due September 2015.



15 Aug 2014: ministers issue invite to developer contributions consultation event

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan are to host a consultation event on their proposals for developer contributions. The proposals would require developers to provide a proportion of newly proposed housing developments, over a certain threshold, as affordable housing. The consultation has been extended to 23 Sept 2014 [more at: planning NI site |  DSD Site].


The consultation event will take place on Wednesday 10 September 2014, 9.30am-12 noon, Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick.


If you would like to attend the consultation event you must register in advance, numbers are limited. A registration form can be obtained by emailing the DSD or by telephoning 028 9082 9309. Source: Housing Rights Service website



14 Aug 2014: Drug deaths involving 'legal highs' double in last year.

The number of deaths in Scotland involving so-called legal highs more than doubled last year, according to new figures. BBC site for more.



08 Aug 2014: Belfast Telegraph article about chni fareshare - 3,000 a day fed on charity meals. Click here



08 Aug 2014: CharityGiving might begin paying back money owed to charities next month

The suspended online giving platform, owned by the Dove Trust, says its interim manager is writing to donors to the 1,812 charities to ask how to return about a third of the £1.7m it owes. Source: Third Sector



06 Aug 2014: Benefit policies 'push asylum-seeking children into poverty'

A government funding freeze on support for asylum-seeking children in the UK has been heavily criticised in a report by The Children's Society. Read “From persecution to destitution” Report here (pdf)



06 Aug 2014: 06 social housing reform - a seminar on tenant participation

In January 2013 the Minister for Social Development announced proposals to overhaul the delivery of social housing in Northern Ireland through the Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP). This is the first in a series of events looking at the different facets of the SHRP. Cost: Free  |  Organised by: Housing Rights Service & NICVA  |  venue: NICVA Offices, Belfast  |  more info at HRS site and at DSD Site   |  book at nicva site




23 July 2014: Which? report shows Northern Ireland one of the most financially distressed areas in UK

Consumer website, Which? has published a map showing the most financially distressed areas in the UK as part of its Financial Distress Index.


The financial distress index estimates the extent to which the households in an area are experiencing financial difficulty relative to all other areas. Three geographic levels are presented, Region, Parliamentary Constituency, and Neighbourhood. The index is a summary indicator of 5 levels of financial distress, with greater weight attributed to the more severe levels of distress (like cutting back on essentials to signifiers of serious financial problems, such as defaulting on a loan, rent or mortgage). Areas are ranked out of 100. The most distressed area is 100, the least distressed is 1.


The responses were assessed based on their geographic location and each location was given a score from 0-100, with the most financially distressed areas scoring 100.  Northern Ireland's overall score was 88, behind only the North East of England (100).


Belfast West was the 6th most stressed constituency in the whole of the UK with a score of 100. Two thirds of our Westminster constituencies scored above 70 on the index.  Of the other Westminster constituencies, only 2 scored below 50.  These were South Belfast (47) and North Down (28).


More at: http://consumerinsight.which.co.uk/maps  |  also Guardian online   (zoom in on maps to get area by area data)





23 July 2014: Extension on public consultation on affordable housing proposals.

On 3 June 2014 Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan launched public consultations on proposals that aim to increase the supply of affordable housing. The draft proposals would require developers to provide a proportion of newly proposed housing developments, over a certain threshold, as affordable housing.  The consultation was originally intended to run until 26 August 2014 however both Ministers have agreed to extend the period for receipt of comments until 23 September 2014.  More at: planning NI site  |  DSD Site




23 July 2014:  The impact of welfare reform on third sector care and support services in Scotland

Research examining the impact of welfare reform on third sector care and support services in Scotland. The Coalition of Care and Support Providers and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services commissioned the research in 2012, which was conducted over a three-month period between January and April of 2014.


Read more re. key findings and recommendations here, or download the report (pdf) here.



18 July 2014: International Remembrance Day.

Monday 21 July  |  6pm  |  Lower Crescent Park (map)  |  remembrance event for those who have lost their lives through drugs and alcohol  |  click here for flyer.



15 July 2014: Belfast nurse Susan Semple wins UK-wide award for NHS values

Susan, a health care coordinator in the city, was selected as the winner in the individual category of the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing. More at BBC site



11 July 2014: Changes to JSA rules for homeless clients

New regulations come into force on 21st July 2014 which will ease the conditions on homeless jobseekers to be looking for work. The legislation, entitled The Jobseeker's Allowance (Homeless Claimants) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014, will allow jobseekers who have recently become homeless to be treated as available for employment whilst they are trying to access new accommodation. In order to fall under this criteria, homeless jobseekers will have to show that they are taking reasonable steps to find new living accommodation.


Source article: NIHE site

For more about the legislation, visit legislation.gov.uk site



11 July 2014: latest DSD Housing Bulletin available.

The housing statistics from January to March 2014 have just been published by the Department for Social Development. The Bulletin reports that:


Click here to visit DSD site and view latest bulletin




10 July 2014: NI ranked 88/100 on financial distress indicator

Consumer website, Which? has published a map showing the most financially distressed areas in the UK as part of their Financial Distress Index.


Which? asked site users to rank how financially stressed they were on a five point sliding scale.  The scale ran from low level financial stressors, like cutting back on essentials to signifiers of serious financial problems, such as defaulting on a loan, rent or mortgage.


The financial distress index estimates the extent to which the households in an area are experiencing financial difficulty relative to all other areas. Three geographic levels are presented, Region, Parliamentary Constituency, and Neighbourhood. The index is a summary indicator of 5 levels of financial distress, with greater weight attributed to the more severe levels of distress (such as defaulting on payments). Areas are ranked out of 100. The most distressed area is 100, the least distressed is 1


Which? found that Belfast West was the 6th most stressed constituency in the whole of the UK with a score of 100. Two thirds of our Westminster constituencies scored above 70 on the index. Of the other Westminster constituencies, only 2 scored below 50. These were South Belfast (47) and North Down (28). More at: http://consumerinsight.which.co.uk/maps  |  also Guardian online  | (zoom in on maps to get area by area data)




10 July 2014: Inspirational youngsters praised at MACS awards

At a recent awards ceremony, The Housing Executive’s Rosemary Owens praised the inspiration of young people and staff at the charity, MACS. More at the NIHE site



03 July 2014: CHNI members’ survey

It’s time for our annual members’ survey (for the period 2013-14), which helps us keep abreast of whether our members are happy with the service we provide and where to improive. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and can be accessed here. [Alternatively, a pdf version can be downloaded, completed, saved and returned by email to us]



3 July 2014: CAB manager reveals shocking scale of borough's food poverty crisis. Read more at Newtownabbey times online: http://goo.gl/tD3hn9




03 July 2014: Nelson McCausland: Committee votes that 'deliberately misled'.

Read more (BBC online news) at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28138929


 

03 July 2014: consultation on proposals for new mental capacity legislation for Northern Ireland

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have launched a joint consultation on the civil provisions of the draft Mental Capacity Bill and associated proposals for those subject to the criminal justice system. Read more / consultation materials


 



03 July 2014: Repossessions taskforce findings due to be published. Read more (BBC online news) at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28129490



01 July 2014: Advice NI Social Policy Report: food banks.

'Turning the Tide: The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland', published December 2013. Available: http://www.debtaction-ni.net/sites/default/files/resources/AdviceNI%2 0Food%20Banks%20Policy%20paper.pdf  

 

 

01 July 2014: Northern Ireland Poverty Bulletin 2012-13, publication released today.
The report can be found on the DSD website at: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_resea rch/stats-publications/stats-family-resource/households/poverty_bulletin.htm



26 June 2014: North South Inter-Parliamentary Association. report of 4th meeting: Substance Misuse (4th April 2014).

Background briefing prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) of the Northern Ireland Assembly and of the Library & Research Service of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Tithe an Oireachtais). Click here (pdf)



26 June 2014: SFHA welcomes end of Right to Buy

Commenting on the passing of the Housing (Scotland) Bill yesterday (Wednesday 25 June) by the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said it was “delighted” that the policy is being brought to an end.  Read more




23 June 2014: Homeless figures treble among private rental tenants (England). Read more (BBC online news) at:: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27940701

 

 

19 June 2014: FEANTSA - Homes, Not Spikes, Are the Answer to Homelessness. Amidst the ‘spikes’ scandal meant to drive away homeless people from public spaces, Freek Spinnewijn calls for “more affordable housing that is accessible for homeless people, who have the right to a decent place to live as much as the next person.”


See http://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/homes-not-spikes-are-answer-homelessness-303022.


Unfortunately, stigmatising, punitive approaches to homelessness are not uncommon and are even increasing in Europe, as demonstrated by FEANTSA’s Housing Rights Watch in its 2013 study ‘Mean Streets: A Report on the Criminalisation of Homelessness in Europe’.


Report accessible at (feantsa site): http://goo.gl/dm2lZS

 

See also:

press release (feansta site): http://goo.gl/IdcC8o


and opinion piece by Freek Spinnewijn, director, FEANTSA (24dash.com)- http://goo.gl/LsSSQL




17 June 2014: SFHA: Homelessness in Scotland set to increase as result of welfare reform

A new report published today (Tuesday 17 June) by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) suggests that the cumulative impact of the ‘bedroom tax’, benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland. Read more  | link to report (pdf) |  see also: CAUSE FOR CONCERN? Early impacts of benefit sanctions on housing associations and cooperatives in Scotland (pdf)




13 June 2014: New Private Rented Access Scheme to help homelessness from NIHE and Smartmove: The Housing Executive has started writing to certain people on the social housing waiting list to tell them about privately rented housing that is available in their areas. Smartmove Housing will manage these private tenancies. Smartmove will provide initial support to new tenants and will make referrals to other agencies for tenants who need additional support to help manage and sustain their tenancy. The Housing Executive will remove any homeless applicant who accepts a tenancy through this scheme from the waiting list. This is because they will have discharged their legal duties to any homeless applicants who have accepted a Smartmove tenancy.


More info: NIHE site  |  more about scheme (NIHE)  |  Housing Rights Service site



13 June 2014: NIHE post: Assistant Director, Supporting People & Homelessness. Based at The Housing Centre, 2 Adelaide St., Belfast; salary: £46,752 - £57,402 per annum. Closing date: 19 June 2014. More info / application packs & process at: https://nihe.erecruit.co.uk/erecruit/job/details.do ;jsessionid=098B2ED8A8C5B7A4662EBC448 D7C7A60?jobId=581

 


13 June 2014: Racism in Northern Ireland: Paper sets out equality plan. A long-awaited draft paper setting out the strategy for racial equality in Northern Ireland has been obtained by BBC NI politics programme, The View. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27807422

 


09 June 2014: Research Launch: Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland: 19 June 2014. NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) would like to invite you to the launch of a research report on a Land Value Tax (LVT). LVT would be an alternative to Northern Ireland’s existing rating system. It would aim to prevent land speculation, ensure a more stable housing market, and support economic growth.
 
Report authors Andy Wightman and Ronan Lyons will present their research findings and outline proposals for implementing LVT in Northern Ireland. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion.
 
The event will take place at the Belfast Castle, from 9.30am to 12 noon on 19 June. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to
elizabeth.hendron@nicva.org if you would like to attend. Places are strictly limited so please book as soon as possible to ensure a place

 

 

06 June 2014: New first citizen of Belfast shows her support for a vision where everyone has a home - See more at (Housing Rights Service site): http://goo.gl/sQvXTJ

 


03 June 2014: Ministers launch consultations on developer contributions for affordable housing

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have launched public consultations on proposals that aim to increase the supply of affordable housing. More at NI Executive site  |  planning NI site  |  DSD site


The Department of the Environment (DOE) has published a draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS22) Affordable Housing which contains details on how the DSD policy could be delivered.  You can submit your views PPS22 until 26 August 2014.


While the DSD consultation paper sets out the policy for proposed developer contributions, PPS22 details how these contributions could be delivered.  DSD and DOE will share responses to both consultations to ensure a joined-up approach to this policy.







03 June 2014: Sammy Wilson: Corporation tax depends on welfare reform. BBC site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27677843

 


03 June 2014: Private housing developers will be required to make contributions towards the building of social housing under proposals from the Department for Social Development (DSD). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27682152

 


03 June 2014: Asylum: Rise in applications made in Northern Ireland. BBC news - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27674001

 

 

01 June 2014: Hard Times series of reports.

The latest Communities in Action Hard Times reports, provide evidence gathered by communities themselves on the impact of austerity and cuts on families and young people across Northern Ireland between July 2012 and February 2014. More at: http://www.poverty.ac.uk/community/northern-ireland/cia/hard-times



01 June 2014: Housing Rights Service online article - ADVISER: Reviewing a decision that the client is intentionally homeless - See more at (Housing Rights Site):  http://goo.gl/6QTZl3

 

 

28 May 2014: One-in-four Northern Ireland children will be living in poverty by 2020, new report suggests: Belfast Telegraph article - http://goo.gl/E5IwJs Save The Children report: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/o nline-library/fair-start-every-child

 

20 May 2014: Homelessness - The dangers of life on the streets. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27475093


20 May 2014: Belfast homeless: At least five dead since January, says charity.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27473466


19 may 2014: Racist hate crime - Police launch dedicated phone line to report incidents.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27470726


08 May 2014: PSNI crime statistics: Racist incidents rise 30% in 2013/14.
Racist incidents reported to police in Northern Ireland increased by almost a third in the past year, according to the PSNI's annual crime statistics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27325433

 

06 May 2014: Filor and Flax Housing Associations merge. The new association is called North Belfast Housing Association. NBHA can be contacted at Gatelodge, 8 Flax Street, Belfast, BT14 7EQ. tel: 90592110

 

06 May 2014: Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts. Jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero-hours contracts without good reason, the government has said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27289148 

 

01 May 2014: Job vacancy - Thorndale Family Centre. Two posts: Playgroup Worker and Relief Playgroup Worker. Visit CHNI homepage and click on vacancies button.

 

29 April 2014: Open Cinema news. News on behalf of Open Cinema:After a successful first screening of our family last month, we will be screening "TURBO" this Saturday 3rd May 2014. (see www.opencinemabelfast.org for more details)
Please spread the word and if you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to contact me. I have posters and flyers I can send to you should you wish to publicise this. If you are interested please let me know and I will get these down to you ASAP. If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Daniel Saunders,
opencinema@redeemercentral.com.

 

28 April 2014: Open Cinema: Little Miss Sunshine. News on behalf of Open Cinema: Just a reminder that we will be screening 'Little Miss Sunshine' this week. Please encourage service users to attend - staff and volunteers are also very welcome!  If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Daniel Saunders, opencinema@redeemercentral.com.

 

24 April 2014: Survey suggests NI disposable incomes rise but less than half UK average
Disposable income in Northern Ireland households is increasing but is less than half of the UK average, according to an economic consultancy. See more at BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27133671

 

23 April 2014: 1st meeting of Belfast Service User Network (SUN)
2:00 pm  |  28 April  |  Drug Outreach Team, Murray Street, Belfast. An opportunity for those with experience of substance use to discuss issues, at a local and regional level.  If you are interested in attending, please confirm with Joanne: joanne@chni.org.uk or 07920557419

 

22 April 2014: Welfare cuts drive UK's poorest families deeper into poverty, says Oxfam
Survey points to effect of overall cut in value of benefits as well as changes to housing benefit and council tax support. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/2 2/welfare-cuts-drive-uk-poorest-poverty-oxfam

 

23 April 2014: Research launch - The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland - Tuesday 6 May 2014, 11:00am- 1:00pm Grosvenor House, Belfast

Crisis, an English charity for single homeless people, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are pleased to invite you to the launch of their new research, the first year’s report of The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland. Carried out by Heriot-Watt University and University of York, The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland is part of a UK wide study. This first year report provides a baseline account of how homelessness stands in Northern Ireland in 2013. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please contact Helena Brice at Crisis, in London, on 020 7426 3857 or at helena.brice@crisis.org.uk

 


21 April 2014: Open Cinema news: News on behalf of Open Cinema: Happy Easter everyone! This week we begin our 3rd Season of Open Cinema. Please find attached posters and flyers for the season. Our first film this week is 'Oblivion'. The screening time is 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Please encourage service users to attend - staff and volunteers are also very welcome! If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Daniel Saunders, opencinema@redeemercentral.com.

 

 

09 April 2014: Guardian Online Society briefing - need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows.
Report warns that as social security safety nets become weaker, charity provision could replace state-funded schemes. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/0 8/food-banks-welfare-cuts-research?CMP=EMCSOCEML657

 

05 April 2014: NORTHERN IRELAND’S POOREST FAMILIES FALL BEHIND REST OF UK
New research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that Northern Ireland families have suffered a dramatic drop in their income following the economic downturn.  Overall, almost 400,000 people live in poverty in Northern Ireland. http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/northern-ireland-poverty-summary.pdf 

 

03 April 2014: NI welfare changes: Peter Robinson warns of 'nuclear options'

Mr Robinson claims that if the changes are not implemented as much as £1bn would be lost from Stormont's block grant over the next five years. BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26862081 

 

03 April 2014: Ketamine 'exciting' depression therapy

The illegal party drug ketamine is an "exciting" and "dramatic" new treatment for depression, say doctors who have conducted the first trial in the UK. BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26647738 

 

03 April 2014: The Housing Benefit & Universal Credit (Supported Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

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02 April 2014; SUN (Service User Network) Conference review. Available at www.chni.org.uk/

 

02 April 2014: House of Commons Work & Pensions Committee: Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system (pdf).

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02 April 2014: Northern Ireland politicians shroud waving over welfare reform? BBC Site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26849025

 

01 April 2014: £180m scheme for social housing in Northern Ireland

A record finance deal worth £180m will kick-start the construction of 1,600 new homes in Northern Ireland. BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26830920

 


ADVICE POSTER.

This poster, funded by the Public Health Agency, lists temporary accommodation providers, advice agencies and other support services. Click here to view.

Homelessness Awareness Week  

Sat 22 - Sun 30 November 2014



Each year, we provide an online list and review of the activities held during Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW).


►  Read about HAW 2013






worth a look: links & publications





How are social housing tenants and landlords being affected by welfare reforms? Joseph Rowntree research


FEANTSA Country Fiche 2014: UK (with NI section provided by CHNI). Annual report providing an overview of homelessness and homeless policies in different EU countries.


Crisis England research report. Turned away: The treatment of single homeless people by local authority homelessness services in England. Eight mystery shoppers visited 16 local authorities across England to examine the quality of assistance single homeless people receive from Housing Options and homelessness services. The report reveals that at the majority of visits mystery shoppers were not adequately assisted.


The role of housing organisations in reducing poverty. Scoping report by JRF.

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