Homeless Action Conference, 9th April 2015, 10am-3pm, Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast
Since late 2012 people living in Simon Community Northern Ireland accommodation projects have taken part in an initiative aimed at realising the human right to housing for people experiencing homelessness. To date, more than 200 homeless people, among the most marginalised in our society and each an expert by experience, have contributed to Homeless Action and participated in housing rights research, which was launched at the ‘Homeless not Voiceless’ event in 2013.
The Homeless Action initiative is based on the principle that in order to be effective, the full participation of people experiencing homelessness must be central in any decision making processes around policy development and service delivery.
Homeless Action have made valuable improvements to Simon Community NI services and to the way the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has responded to incidences of homelessness. In 2014 they launched a Homeless Action Charter and people experiencing homelessness from other hostels across Belfast have since become involved.
The Homeless Action conference will explore homelessness in Northern Ireland through a range of perspectives, and most importantly through the expertise of those who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness themselves.
The conference will include contributions from local and international experts including:
- Members of Homeless Action
- Ms Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing (video contribution)
- Mr Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis
- Ms Mags Lightbody, Acting Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Housing Executive
There will also be contributions from Simon Community NI, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) and political representatives.
We hope that you can join us to explore the learning, celebrate the outcomes and hear about future plans for Homeless Action to address the root causes of homelessness in Northern Ireland.
Registration will take place from 9.30am and a light lunch will be served. Please register by 2nd April by clicking here and completing the registration form.
The Homeless Action initiative is jointly supported by Simon Community Northern Ireland and the Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation.