The Supporting People (SP) programme provides nearly 900 housing related support services across NI, and equips more than 20,000 vulnerable people - including the elderly, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness -  to live independently, preventing problems that can result in institutional care, hospitalisation, or homelessness.


Our challenge. SP schemes face a very real financial challenge and an uncertain future. In August, the coalition came together to back the campaign which successfully secured a one-off £2.6m allocation for the programme. Core funding has been frozen for almost a decade and providers are encountering unavoidable financial pressures. Without an appropriate budget increase, the quality and range of services provided to vulnerable and marginalised people will be reduced.


Our ask. The SP budget requires an urgent increase through monitoring rounds or in the overall Departmental budget. Ideally, there should be a commitment for funding to be adjusted for inflationary uplifts and ring-fenced for five years. If we are serious about ending homelessness and ensuring there is adequate care and protection for all in society, then boosting SP is the place to start.

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STARTER PACK SCHEME UPDATE

We have used up all available packs, and as such, the scheme will be no longer distributing packs until further notice. We will keep you posted as to the status of the scheme, subject to future funding.

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CHNI CONFERENCE 2018

EXPLORING HOUSING-LED SOLUTIONS FOR N.IRELAND

Tuesday 27 March 2018, Clayton Hotel, Belfast.


The theme of this year’s conference examines how we can extend evidence based housing-led solutions to meet housing need, and tackle homelessness across N.Ireland. A range of speakers from across Ireland and the UK have been invited to share their experience and expertise in the design, application and evaluation of housing led models, particularly Housing First. This represents an opportunity to explore these models and their relevance to future homelessness service design.

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“homelessness in the news” last month summary

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