The presentation will discuss stark findings of a new report commissioned by Simon Community NI in partnership with Ulster University and supported by Nationwide Building Society, revealing that ‘hidden homelessness’ could now be affecting more than 110,000 people locally.
The research examines who is vulnerable to hidden homelessness, the barriers and challenges that are faced regarding seeking and receiving support, the impact of a lack of long-term funding for the sector, and the housing supply crisis. The study includes the findings of interviews with a range of voluntary, community, statutory organisations and individuals who share their own experience of hidden homelessness.
Ann Marie Gray is Professor of Social Policy in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University. She is also Co-Director of the ARK project (www.ark.ac.uk), a joint Ulster University/Queen’s University, Belfast research centre which uses a multi-method approach to help researchers, policymakers and practitioners understand society and politics and encourage critical and positive policy debate.
Karen McAlister joined Simon Community NI in 2015. A qualified social worker with over 20 years' experience working within the voluntary sector, in May 2021 Karen took up the role of Head of Research and Development for the charity and is currently working on a report on Mental Health & Homelessness in partnership with Depaul, which is due for release later in 2022.