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Belfast records street deaths

June 5th 2014

At least five people who have used homeless services in Belfast have died since the start of the year, a homeless charity has said.

The Welcome Organisation told the BBC that rough sleepers are dying due to mental and physical illness caused or made worse by the harsh conditions, and has made its own count, though there are no specific statistics on those who die during or after a period of homelessness.

The life expectancy of a homeless person in Northern Ireland is around 47 years.

The number of people sleeping rough in Belfast is rising, according to latest statistics.

All homeless people must register with the Housing Executive before they are able to apply for a bed in a hostel – a process that can take weeks – and there is a limited number of beds in night shelters.

According to a report by homeless charity Crisis, one in 18 (5.7 per cent) of all adults in Northern Ireland had said they had experienced homelessness of some sort, having slept on the streets, in a hostel or in someone else's home.

Amongst reasons given for their homelessness were family breakdown and loss of jobs or benefits.


June 2014



Upfront: hospital discharge inquiry

Sara stars on the Strand

Legal bank access for all

Happy ending as daughter finds missing dad

Stuck in the system...

London hostels to close

Young people fund exhibit

Vital funding slashed

Runaways to get support

Glasgow's 'Homeless Cup' bid

Rough sleeper fears in Kent

Grants given to rental scheme

Belfast records street deaths

Dublin tackles homelessness

Brazil calls for housing spend

Mental health role revealed

Trans-forming homelessness

Advice: Hostel dogs

First person: Christopher Ubsdell on his new home


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