East Belfast Green Councillor shock at homeless deaths

Responding to the news that another life has been lost on the streets of Belfast, Green Party Councillor Ross Brown said tonight, Wednesday 24 February,

“I am shocked and devastated to hear that yet another homeless person has died on our streets on Wednesday night.

“As a Councillor for east Belfast, I am ashamed to represent a city where vulnerable people are finding themselves in such desperation.

“Belfast has many vacant buildings. No one should have to sleep on our streets.

“I am also particularly worried that the funding for professional wrap around support services for people experiencing mental ill health and drug and alcohol issues is seriously lacking, which may contribute to vulnerable people having to sleep rough.

“The Housing Executive needs to explain as to why people are finding themselves without shelter

“I will be writing to the Health and Social Development Ministers to demand a better response for what is clearly an increasingly unacceptable situation.”

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