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Action needed to meet the demand for sheltered accommodation

11 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said action needs to be taken on the housing shortage for older people after it was revealed by the consortium of sheltered housing -Essential Role of Sheltered Housing (ERoSH) that up to 1.5 million elderly people could be homeless by 2020 if the British Government fails to address the housing shortage.

Ms Anderson said

"Its clear there has been inadequate attention paid to the housing needs of our ageing population. The warnings from Essential Role of Sheltered Housing (ERoSH) that up to 1.5 million older people could be homeless by 2020 needs to be proactively addressed and not just become another statistic"

"Its envisaged that the number of older people seeking to live in sheltered housing will rise in the years ahead .Many older people prefer sheltered housing over any other forms of housing because of the security, support and independence many of shelter housing schemes offer"

"We need to invest now for the future and we need to be to planning in our towns and cities across the North for the provision of sheltered housing for the next fifteen to twenty years .Decent accommodation and safety in the community are key issues for older people and we need to set out a vision where all older people will have housing that supports them to live happy, active and independent lives"


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