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Call for action to support homelessness in Bangor

A group set up to help tackle homelessness in Bangor has launched a week long campaign to raise awareness of the growing problem.

The Bangor Homelessness Task Group are aiming to remove stereotypes associated with homelessness during North Down Homelessness Awareness Week beginning on December 2.

The task group was established in 2011 with the aim of promoting services available to prevent people becoming homeless in the local Bangor area.

Since August, over 200 households have presented themselves as homeless to the Bangor Housing Executive, four of these being young people under the age of 18.

Chair of the task group, Rachael Power said: "Homelessness is a very serious and current problem, the task group aims to support and empower the local community in seeking out local support for the issues that lead to homelessness"

The task group has highlighted 16-25 year olds as being the most at risk of becoming homeless in the surrounding area and as a result have contacted youth groups in the area to offer awareness raising workshops.

The week will launch at Bangor Town Hall with a talk from a former homeless person as well as Ricky Rowledge, Director of Council for the Homeless and the Mayor, Andrew Muir.

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Councillor Muir said: "Homelessness is a problem for society in general and particularly for civic leaders. Working as one we can overcome stigma, barriers and challenges faced to build a better more supportive future for everyone."

Hosting the event at the Town Hall is one of a many initiatives I intend to take during my year as Mayor to help deliver this vision."

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