住房管理局的Grainia Long說,無家可歸的情況是我所見過的最糟糕的。

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住房管理局的Grainia Long說,無家可歸的情況是我所見過的最糟糕的。

住房管理局的首席執行官說,北愛爾蘭的無家可歸問題是她職業生涯中見過的最糟糕的情況。

她還說,由於大流行病的影響,需要住房管理局提供臨時住宿的人數從每年的3500人增加到9000多人。

在銀行街擁有Mourne海鮮餐廳的Bob McCoubrey說,由於該地區的問題,他正在考慮將企業從目前的位置搬走。

龍女士在阿爾斯特電台的 "早安阿爾斯特 "節目中說,科維德大流行對無家可歸者產生了很大的影響,因為現有的旅館被迫削減容量,"沙發衝浪 "等臨時安排也被打破。

"我的工作,我的職責,是對那些需要住宿的個人,所以我們必須做出非常困難的決定,將人們安置在旅館。

她補充說:"關於夢想艙,目前該機構有7個安置點,我們確實希望儘可能地將其移至零。"

"我們需要認識到,這是我職業生涯中見過的最糟糕的情況,"龍女士補充說。

周二,莫恩海鮮公司的老闆麥庫布雷先生在接受早安阿爾斯特採訪時說。"我們的問題是住房管理局接管了我們旁邊的一家酒店,他們基本上把它變成了一個旅館,人們在這裡住上兩三天,然後再搬走。

"委員會聲明說:"委員會在收到關於這個地方涉嫌使用毒品和反社會行為的投訴後,與北愛爾蘭住房管理局進行了接觸,我們的安全鄰里和外展團隊的工作人員被派往該地區提供支持。

"已經採取了一些舉措,以支持企業和振興更廣泛的銀行廣場地區,我們繼續與法定、社區和志願合作夥伴合作,支持他們解決這些複雜的問題,並結束長期無家可歸的狀況。"


The chief executive of the Housing Executive has said homelessness in Northern Ireland is as bad as she has seen in her career.

She also said the number needing temporarily lodgings from the Housing Executive went from 3,500 a year to more than 9,000 due to the pandemic.

Bob McCoubrey, who owns Mourne Seafood restaurant in Bank Street, said he is considering moving the business from its current location because of problems in the area.

Speaking on Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster programme, Ms Long said the Covid pandemic had a big impact on homelessness as existing hostels were forced to cut capacity and temporary arrangements like "sofa surfing" had broken down.

"My job, my duty, is to those individuals who need accommodation and so we have to make the very difficult decision to place people in hotels.

She added: "In relation to Dream Pods, at the moment there are currently seven placements in that establishment and we do want to move that as close to zero as we can."

"We need to recognise that this is as bad as I've seen it in my career," Ms Long added.

Speaking to Good Morning Ulster on Tuesday, Mourne Seafood owner Mr McCoubrey said: "Our problem is the Housing Executive have taken over a hotel beside us and they've basically turned it into a hostel where people are arriving for two or three days and then moving on.

"Council has engaged with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive after receiving a complaint about alleged drug use and anti-social behaviour at this site, and staff from our Safer Neighbourhood and Outreach teams were tasked to the area to offer support," a council statement said.

"A number of initiatives have been undertaken to support businesses and revitalise the wider Bank Square area, and we continue to work with statutory, community and voluntary partners to support them in tackling these complex issues and ending long-term homelessness."

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