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Francis Street
Accommodation

I came out of care 7 months ago and had nowhere to go. I ended up sleeping on my friend’s sofa for a while and then I moved into a private flat. I was only there a matter of weeks when my landlord asked me to leave because I got behind with my rent. I was so upset because I couldn’t face being homeless all over again. When I contacted First Housing they offered me accommodation. I have a nice flat now and I am doing a hairdressing course at the TECH. Things for me are much better now”. 



Eimear, 17, resident Francis Street
 


Early Years Programme
Shepherds View


In 2003 we established an Early Years Programme for children aged 0-5 years living in our interim accommodation projects. The aim of this programme is to meet the individual learning and developmental needs of pre-school children through play based activities and to offer respite for parents that have little family support.

 

 

Jefferson Court
Accommodation




I used to throw stones at the police just to get a bed for the night, that’s how bad things were for me at home.  If First Housing wasn’t here for people like me I don’t know where I would have ended up, probably prison or worse."


John, 22, resident Jefferson Court




Young Fathers Project
 


“Being a Daddy has its ups and downs because being a parent is hard work.  But my daughter means everything to me and I am determined to do the best I can for her.  I’ve learnt so much from the Fatherhood Programme”.

                                                                                          Daniel, aged 19



2008 saw the ‘Da Project’ receive 2nd place in the best Charity / Voluntary Project category of the National Lottery Awards.


 

SmartMove Office

“SmartMove is the best project I have come across for housing the homeless.  I can now get my life back together. 
I would recommend the scheme to anyone”.

                                                                              Irene, SmartMove tenant


“The service I receive from SmartMove is excellent. The scheme is helping everyone and I am happy to help the scheme, it’s a good thing”
                                                                              

                                                                                Dawn McKoy, Landlord




Since the establishment of SmartMove in Northern Ireland we have assisted 1900 households secure permanent housing.
 


Training and Employment Opportunities
 



Our ‘Pathways from Homelessness’ initiative is designed to help people who are homeless make a successful transition to independence through education, training or employment.






In 2007, 386 service users took up a training course, returned to full-time education or went into employment.



Housing Advice


We offer specialist advice and housing information on a wide range of issues to assist clients achieve the best possible solution to their housing problems through our Floating Support and Resettlement Services and our SmartMove Scheme.



 


In 2007, 3335 people contacted our Service in relation to a specific housing or benefit related problem.

 

 


 

 

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