Homelessness

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases from ethnic minority backgrounds were identified by the Housing Executive as homeless on the grounds of intimidation in 2003; and in which geographical areas they were re-housed.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

During the 12 month period from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2003 a total of 30 cases from ethnic minority backgrounds presented to the Housing Executive as homeless on grounds of intimidation. Of the 30 cases, 17 were accepted as homeless as a result of intimidation and eligible for housing assistance. Nine of these are either in temporary accommodation or have made their own arrangements for accommodation and eight were permanently re-housed in the following areas:

Belfast—4

Newry—2

Lisburn and North Down—1 each

The remaining 13 who presented as homeless either abandoned their application or were ineligible for assistance under immigration or homeless legislation.

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