Press Release 21.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

Press Release 21.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Press Release 21.03.2016

March 21st, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

21.03.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPAUL EXPRESSES DEVASTATION OVER DEATH OF HOMELESS WOMAN IN BELFAST

Charity calls for an urgent, coordinated response to tackling homelessness.

Depaul expresses its devastation over the death of a homeless woman in Belfast, and calls for an urgent coordinated response to tackling homelessness in the city.

Ms. Kerry Anthony MBE, CEO of Depaul, says “We are all deeply saddened of the death of a homeless woman in Belfast. The woman had accessed Depaul services before and was known by the staff and service users of our Stella Maris service in Belfast. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

Depaul calls for an urgent, coordinated response to tackling the issue of homelessness in Belfast.  The impact of homelessness on a person’s mental and physical health and life chances is devastating. We see on a daily basis what the lack of a home can do to a person’s health, well-being and life chances, and our staff and volunteers work steadfastly to help people who are homeless access more permanent accommodation and vital supports, and move away from homelessness for good. Evidence shows that a stable home is the ideal base from which to address such issues as mental and physical illness and addiction and Depaul is committed through our Housing First approach to provide this opportunity to our service users.

Voluntary, statutory and charity bodies must work together to deliver a cohesive response to homelessness, to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again. This response must be focussed on bringing people in from the streets as a priority, and helping them to access accommodation and support services. No one should have to sleep rough on our streets.”

Kerry Anthony MBE, CEO of Depaul, is available for interviews.  

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For further information contact:

Kristina Moody

Fundraising & Media Coordinator

Kristina.moody@depaulcharity.net

00 353 1 453 7111

00 353 86 383 2198

Mairead Murphy

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Mairead.murphy@depaulcharity.net

00 353 1 453 7111

00 353 86 781 3139

Notes to Editor:

About Depaul

Depaul is a leading provider of services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In 2014 we provided 423 beds per night and 3,325 people accessed our services.

Depaul has been in operation for over 12 years; founded in Dublin in 2002 and Belfast in 2005. We now manage 22 specialised accommodation and community-based services across Dublin, Belfast, Dungannon, L/Derry, Armagh, Newry and Mourne.

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