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Historic shelter too important to lose

Published 11/08/2016

It is with great sadness that I have been told of the closing of Regina Coeli. This hostel for vulnerable homeless women has been providing shelter to the Belfast community for more than 70 years.

During those dark nights of the Troubles, they were a refuge before there was a Housing Executive and without wages.

However, times have thankfully changed and, with help from the Government through Supporting People, conditions have grown for the better for residents and staff.

My suggestion is to allow Supporting People to open dialogue with Regina Coeli and grant them the proper, much-needed funding to ensure their facility can stay open.

If they do not have the necessary funds, then my next option would be to approach the First and deputy First Ministers, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness.

There have been too many deaths on our streets so far this year alone.


Manager, Rosemount House


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