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McCausland announces £150,000 boost for homeless charities

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister has awarded £150,000 to the Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI) during a visit to the CITHRAH Foundation in Carrickfergus.

The Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI) is an umbrella body, founded in 1983, for those working with homeless people throughout Northern Ireland. Membership currently includes accommodation, support and outreach providers from the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors.

Announcing the funding, Minister McCausland said: “Homelessness Week 2013 began last Monday to again raise awareness of this very important issue. It is an issue that I continue to be concerned about, especially with more people now finding themselves in these circumstances. I want to encourage the public to support this very worthy cause during this week. 

“The Council for the Homelessness NI has worked tirelessly over the last thirty years across the province with those affected by homelessness and I want to thank them for their valuable contribution.”

Ms Margaret Henry, Deputy Director of the Council for the Homeless (NI) said: "On behalf of those organisations working with homeless people, we are extremely grateful to the Minister for Social Development for once again making this generous funding gesture. We thank the Minister for increasing the amount donated this year. In these times of cutbacks, austerity, and increasing costs this money will enable agencies to provide homeless people with a sense of normality at Christmas time, going some way to ensure that their Christmas and New Year will be an enjoyable and positive one. Whilst homelessness is particularly poignant at Christmas, it is important that it becomes a year-round priority, particularly in the light of the current economic climate and impact of welfare reforms.”

Notes to editors:

1. Homelessness Awareness Week began on Friday 22 November and runs to Sunday 1 December 2013. More information on Homelessness Awareness Week is available on CHNI’s website at:

2. Photos can be viewed later today on the DSD Flickr page at: 

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