Press Release 08.02.2017
February 8th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Homeless Charity Depaul Shortlisted for UK Housing Award
Depaul, a cross border charity which works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, has been shortlisted to win a 2017 UK Housing Award under the “outstanding approach to tackling homelessness” category, for its Housing First programme in Northern Ireland.
Depaul’s Housing First programme works to place and support people who are homeless into permanent housing from a range of temporary accommodation sources. Once they find a new home, the Housing First team works to coordinate appropriate supports around the individual so that they can remain in their own home. The Housing First model originated in the United States and has shown that individuals who are homeless with complex needs can live in their own accommodation, if the intensive ‘wrap around’ supports that they need are in place. Depaul officially launched its adaptation of the model in Belfast in 2014 and in Derry in 2015 after an 18-month successful pilot phase. To date Depaul is the only organisation running a Housing First programme in Northern Ireland. The programme has already seen a high level of success – in 2016 75% of those using Housing First services in Northern Ireland retained their tenancy.
The UK Housing Awards, jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, are widely recognised as the leading awards in the sector. Attracting 700+ of the sectors key leaders, the event serves to highlight the organisations, individuals and projects that are leading the way in affordable housing.
Ms Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, said “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Our Housing First programme very much hits to the core of Depaul's mission and values. The programme supports the most marginalised individuals to move directly into their own homes, and provides the wrap around support they need in order to maintain their tenancy, and their place in the local community. We are very honoured to have our work with people who are homeless recognised in this way.”
The winners of the UK Housing Awards 2017 will be announced at a black tie ceremony, taking place on the evening of Wednesday 26 April at the Lancaster London hotel.
Ms. Kerry Anthony, MBE, CEO of Depaul, is available for interviews on request.
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Notes to the Editor
- Depaul was established in 2002 and supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We manage over 20 specialised services in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and provide accommodation and vital services to those most in need including: families, people with acute addictions, migrants, people with mental health issues and women leaving the criminal justice system. In 2016 alone, Depaul supported over 3,500 people. For further information, please visit https://ni.depaulcharity.org/
- Information on Depaul’s Housing First approach in Belfast and Derry can be found at: https://ie.depaulcharity.org/housing-first-belfast and https://ie.depaulcharity.org/housing-first-derry
- Depaul supported over forty individuals to access long term accommodation in 2016 through its Housing First programme, and over 30 of those have successfully sustained their tenancies through the programme
- Information on the UK Housing Awards 2017 can be found at: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/events/awards/uk-housing-awards