Belfast office: 3rd Floor, Andras House, 60 Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2 7BB | Tel: 02890 246440 | North West office: Unit 15, Rath Mór Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry, BT48 0LZ | Tel: 02871 366363. We are grateful to those who support our work, including the NI Housing Executive. This site is kindly hosted by domain devils
Our membership is broad, varied, and representative of the wider sector. It includes accommodation, support, and advice providers from across the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors.
Founded in 1983, we are the sole representative organisation for those working with and supporting homeless people across Northern Ireland. We are the independent voice of the sector.
our vision is that everyone has a place to call home.
We are the representative organisation for the homelessness sector in Northern Ireland
We are an independent voice, representing our members, influencing policy, and informing decision makers
We advise and train people working in the homelessness sector across the country
OUR VISION STATEMENT
All people have a place that they are happy to call home*.
board of directors
Our board comprises of a diverse range of individuals, with a wide variety of skill sets and strengths. This ensures that we are able to continue with our objectives and deliver on our strategic aims.
FareShare NI has been re-
information & research
We provide a diverse service to our members, producing consultation responses and policy documents on their behalf, information briefings, as well as conducting and commissioning research.
almost one third (32%) of households that approached the NI Housing Executive for help as homeless were families*.
* based most up to date official data
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60 Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2 7BB.
Tel: 02890 246440
N West office
Rath Mór Centre
Derry City, BT48 0LZ.
Tel: 02871 366363
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NEWS & VIEWS
ceo & deputy ceo
The team contributes directly to the development of best practice services for young people, through participation in key policy/planning groups, youth led research, & participation programmes.
The main aim of the programme is to keep service providers abreast of best practice and emerging issues. Our courses always reflect latest developments in practice and policy.
Through our Northwest Office, based in Derry City, we ensure that our services are provided to members and the wider sector across Northern Ireland.
As well as sitting on a number of committees, staff represent our members and the wider sector on a number of policy & practice groups, and represent them to government and decision makers.
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OUR MISSION STATEMENT
By presenting the views of homeless people* we seek to shape government policy and public opinion to enable resources that ensure preventative and responsive services.
* as defined by ETHOS and local legislation
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Homeless myths and facts poster, created for Homelessness Awareness Week 2016
Harm reduction advice -
This manifesto sets out our suggested priority actions that the next Northern Ireland Assembly can take to make the greatest impact in tackling homelessness.
Research conducted in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre Regional Economic and Social Research, on behalf of the NIHE.
Harm reduction advice -
Information resource for 16-
Annual evaluation (2014-
Summary of Annual Homelessness Statistics 2015-
Commissioned by the NIHE, this study explored experiences of housing crisis or homelessness amongst out LGB&T communities.
(2013) practical steps you should take to ensure that your service and the people you support are ready for change.
rsun is a NI wide network connecting people with experience of / interest in substance use issues. It is a CHNI project, funded by the Public Health Agency for NI.
Results of CHNI’s first annual service users’ survey, covering the period 2013-
Info leaflet outlining the basics of what steps to take, (including Naloxone administration), when someone has accidentally overdosed.
Basic information (not any specific drug), produced by CHNI & PHA and informed by the experiences of drug users (April 2014). See also mephedrone advice.
Benzo (benzodiazepines) advice poster. CHNI publication, funded by PHA, design by HIT.
A step by step workbook for people using alcohol and other substances. It aims to help people find ways to achieve a more balanced daily diet.
Harm reduction advice -
Harm reduction advice for those using mephedrone.
Opioid overdose response protocol for a person with a 'trachy' in place. (2014, Word doc)
Young People Telling It Like It Is (yptilii) -
Charter for Change on Housing in NI, formed part part of a wider UK (2010) Joseph Rowntree project
Homelessness Awareness Week 2017
Sat 25 Nov -
Let us know your plans
‘Keep on Supporting People’ campaign
Join the coalition calling on the NI Executive to strengthen the SP programme. Read more
14 JAN. Tackling the homelessness crisis (Ireland) -
13 JAN. “At least 13,000 hero soldiers left HOMELESS after leaving the military -
12 JAN. Dublin homeless housed mainly in private rentals last year. Click here to view (Irish Times)
11 JAN. Homelessness: Is sleeping rough ever a matter of choice? Click here to view (Independent)
11 JAN. Councils need 'long-
11 JAN. Welsh councils told to review homelessness services spending. Click here to view (Public Finance)
10 JAN. Should we give homeless people money? Click here to view (Independent)
10 JAN. England: We need a national strategy to tackle rural homelessness. Click here to view (Guardian)
10 JAN. What's behind the quiet rise of homelessness in the countryside? Click here to view (Guardian)
10 JAN. England -
9 JAN. Homelessness in Wales is not being tackled by councils who are 'managing' a crisis -
9 JAN. Long-
8 JAN. Hidden homelessness: The cold hard facts. Click here to view (Big Issue)
8 JAN. How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'. Click here to view (Guardian)
7 JAN. With homelessness on the rise young men are increasingly selling their bodies as a way to survive. Click here (Manchester Evening News)
6 JAN. Eradicating homelessness must be top priority after tents pitched up in Glasgow. Click here to view (Daily Record)
2 JAN 2018. Families in emergency housing 'may be gaming the system' (Ireland). Click here to view (Irish Times)
22 DEC. 'This is their bedroom': counting rough sleepers in England's homeless hotspots. Click here to view (Guardian)
22 DEC. 'It Can Happen To Anyone' -
21 DEC. Rough sleepers remain in single figures, annual street overnight count finds. Click here to read (NIHE)
21 DEC. Sofa surfers: The young hidden homeless Click here to view (BBC)
21 DEC. Being homeless: Five things you may not know. Click here to view (BBC)
21 DEC. (England) How do we count how many people are homeless? Click here to view (BBC)
20 DEC. May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families Click here to view (Guardian)
20 DEC. MPs condemn 'abject failure' of homelessness policy Click here to view (Guardian)
20 DEC. Homelessness in England 'a national crisis', say MPs Click here to view (BBC)
20 DEC. Irish President wants extra help for the homeless Click here to view (Times)
20 DEC. FEANTSA “Homelessness in Europe” Journal: Trauma and Homelessness. Click here to view
20 DEC. Government condemned over its 'abject failure' to tackle homelessness Click here to view (Independent)
20 DEC. Homeless EU migrants have already borne the brunt of Brexit Britain Click here to view (Guardian)
20 DEC. Being homeless with a newborn baby was 'really hard' Click here to view (BBC)
20 DEC. Vending machine for the homeless unveiled by charity Click here to read (Newsletter)
20 DEC. Homeless 'rough sleepers' in Belfast city reduced to 'single figures'. Click here to read (Irish News)
19 DEC. First vending machine for homeless people launches in UK Click here to read (Guardian)
19 DEC. We know how to solve homelessness. So why aren't we doing it? Click here to read (Guardian)
16 DEC. Homelessness: ‘People think it can never happen to them, but it can, in the blink of an eye. Click here to read (Guardian)
82% of members surveyed rated the overall services offered by CHNI as 4 or 5 star. The remainder rated it as 3 out of 5.
91% of members rated lobbying, representation and policy work as 4 or 5 star. (The remainder 3 star)
85% of members rated our training programme as 4 or 5 star. (The remainder rated it as 3 star)
85% of members surveyed rated our North West provision and support as 4 or 5 star. (Remainder 3 star)
Other services (% rated as 4 or 5 star): youth policy work, 92%; Information and research services, 91%; Fareshare NI, 100%; 78% reported 4 or 5 star satisfaction with their membership (remainder, 21%, 3 star)