Shelter Northern Ireland was formed in 1980 when a group of concerned people, felt strongly that more had to be done to help homeless people and improve the standards of housing for everyone. Today Shelter NI still campaign for affordable, decent housing for all, as well as seeking to deal with homelessness in a practical way.
We run two projects. The first is SL-eight, which is for 16-25 years who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, which is based on two housing estates in Omagh. It is a collection of eleven flats where, with the help of support workers, the residents can learn how to live independently eg. cook, budget, etc.
We also run GABLE (grant access to better living environments), which is for older or disabled people in the North West area, Strabane, Limavady, Londonderry and Magherafelt. It’s a free service which helps people stay in their homes for longer by providing support and assistance during the grant process for shower rails and ramps for their homes.