Ulster Unionist Communities spokesperson, Andy Allen MBE MLA, has welcomed news from the Communities Minister that £9million has been confirmed to deliver the Housing Executive’s COVID reset plan on homelessness.
Speaking after the Minister made the announcement, Mr Allen said:
“I welcome this funding commitment, increasing the total budget for addressing homelessness this financial year to £46million. I also welcome the Minister’s confirmation of her commitment to building working relationships with other departments within the Executive to develop an all-encompassing response to homelessness.
“There is still much to do if we are serious about dealing with the multiple causes and obstructions facing those who are homeless. The accommodation provision, particularly for families, support services and health provision must be designed to best address the unique and often neglected situations those who are homeless find themselves in.
“I believe we must proactively work to fully address homelessness in Northern Ireland, however, this will require commitment from every elected representative, voluntary and statutory agency and the wider public, if we work together with sufficient resources, determination, understanding and compassion we can make great change.
“A long-term strategic response that is measured through a specific Programme for Government housing outcome is essential.”