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Christopher

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Belfast's Homeless
« on: September 20, 2006, 06:22:37 AM »
Council for the Homeless (Northern Ireland)     
A charity operating as an umbrella organisation for the homeless in Northern Ireland.
72 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1LD Telephone: 028 9024 6440 Fax: 028 9024 1266

East Belfast Mission,
East Belfast Mission
239 Newtownards Road
BELFAST BT4 1AF

028 90458560
Fax 028 90 452561
 
Simon Community,
Central Office
57 Fitzroy Avenue
Belfast
BT7 1HT

Tel: (028) 90232882
Fax: (028) 90326839


Mageeka

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006, 07:49:59 AM »
Who are most of the homeless Chris " Are they mentally dosabled, or victims of drugs or immigrants?

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2006, 12:43:35 PM »
Your image of homelessness may be similar to that of many people Mageeka. Do you remember an incident with an iceberg in 1912 ... well homelessness is a very large iceberg with those you see sleeping in the streets being the tip of that iceberg ...

The term ‘homeless’ applies not only to people living on the street but also those in short-term temporary accommodation. Reasons for being declared ‘homeless’ or ‘likely to become homeless’ include:

1. Having nowhere to sleep at night
2. Being threatened with having nowhere to sleep at night within the next 28 days.
3. The courts have banned you from occupying your home ... your partner may have asked you to leave or your landlord may have asked you to leave. This means you have no legal right to occupy your home but it is possible for a person to have a legal right and been evicted illegally.
4. Living in your car or a caravan and have no permanent parking place. This covers "moveable accommodation" of any type ...eg a boat This category would include many travelling people. Have you never heard the common term "no fixed abode" ?
If you prove that you will be homeless for any of the following reasons - you are living in fear of violence (possible causes... domestic violence, racial or harassment, or threats from your landlord). Living in overcrowded conditions or in a property which a council has declared unfit for habitation also qualify you for homelessness.


Mageeka

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2006, 04:34:50 AM »
Chris
 This does not seem cover alcholics or those otherwise afflicted by addictions
Would those folk qualify, as homeless and be placed in Gov. Housing ?
I have a haunch that N.Ireland treat their homeless folk better than the USA

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2006, 04:57:29 AM »
Mageeka, those suffering from addictions would be covered by all categories on the list ... many have nowhere
to sleep and are put out of their homes. Some, once they have had care and counselling, would live in houses provided by the state.  They probably are treated better in the UK than they would be in the USA.

Mageeka

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2006, 05:04:12 AM »
Without a doubt they are treated better, Chris
Even our Bi-Polars cannot afford medicine and so live on the streets
They tell me that the cheapest medicine they can get, is booze.  Who can blame them for "self medicating,"  What a bloody roundabout  !

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2006, 03:56:15 PM »
In England, the fourth richest country in the world, Local Councils spend ...
£730,072,642 on temporary accommodation for the homeless
Homeless people spend 654 days in temporary accommodation
4,000,000 school days are lost due to homelessness
43,500,000 meals are eaten by homeless people with no proper kitchens
1,546,954 families in England are on the waiting list for social housing

On Wednesday 29th November the BBC transmitted a film at 10.35pm on BBC 1. It described the heartbreak
of the homeless. The title was "No Home - Evicted" This is in a country where some people have more than one home .. a country where wealthy people are buying second homes in rural areas thus pushing up the price of property so that the young people in those areas are unable to get a foot on the property ladder. How much has changed since the BBC screened "Cathy Come Home" on the 16th December 1966?

Does anyone know where we might get comparable figures for Belfast and Northern Ireland? There is a  Housing Rights Service in Belfast which was established in 1964. The Service has been working for forty years on behalf of people in Northern Ireland who are homeless or in housing need.

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Re: Belfast's Homeless
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2006, 12:25:05 AM »
Oddly enough Chris the distance between rich and poor in the USA is widening.  Furthermore, what we knew as middle class ,is starting to diminish
Yet in saying that, we have Mexicans and East Indians still arriving here and doing great.  There is one big influence to this
 Westerners for want of a better word are not willing to any longer, work three jobs and live in hovel like conditions, in order to achieve the escaping American dream.