“Homelessness” simply put is to have no home and from this perspective is an economic term. Behind the term in Northern Ireland are some 18,000 people presenting themselves to the Northern Housing Executive as homeless. Only half of them are resettled. While this leaves many struggling economically they are also challenged by their social circumstances. Breakdown in relationships in the family home, addictions, debt, intimidation, and mental health issues are just some of the social challenges making the homeless some of the most vulnerable members of our community. All of these factors contribute to the on-going marginalisation of those experiencing homelessness. Continue reading
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