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Homeless should suffer no more because of Helm failings - Gerry Kelly

16 January, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has asked how many homeless families could have been housed with the public money wasted by the significant and substantial failings at the Helm Housing Association.

His comments came after the release of a report into Helm Housing Association which reported ‘significant and substantial failings’ by the senior management team and a failure of the Board at the housing association.

“Public money has been wasted while families on the waiting list in North Belfast and elsewhere have to put up with living in substandard or overcrowded housing, or having no home at all.

“Some of those responsible for these failings have reportedly left Helm Housing before this report was published, avoiding accountability for what was a complete waste of public money.

“It is homeless people that are losing out and especially here in North Belfast where there is such a lengthy waiting list. This is not only a case of bad practice and failure by Helm but also a lack of effective oversight from the office of the DSD.

“The DSD Minister should act immediately and target public money directly at addressing the local housing crisis in North Belfast. The homeless and those living in below standard and over-crowded housing should not suffer any more because of Helm’s failings.”

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