Homeplus NI was registered as a charity in September 2000 to assist homeless people who were sleeping rough in Belfast. We were the first organisation in Belfast to provide a Street Outreach service operation to rough sleepers every night of the year. Since 2006 we have also been providing a Drop-In Centre for destitute migrants and in 2011 we extended this service to asylum seekers and refugees.
Our ultimate aims are to help people to help themselves and break out of the cycle of homelessness and addiction, and prevent homelessness.
1. A nightly Street Outreach service for all rough sleepers in Belfast.
2. A daily Drop-In Centre in Belfast specifically for asylum seekers, refugees and destitute migrants
3. An On-call Service for rough sleepers, the public and service providers, such as hostels, night shelters, the PSNI and emergency services
What some of our service users are saying…
‘I am Maryama Yuusuf and I have been in Northern Ireland since 2011. I am an asylum seeker who has been through a lot but the reason I am still alive is thanks to the support I receive from Homeplus due to everything they provide especially clothing, food, socialising and the support from the staff and volunteers. They encourage me to still be alive, because of them I always know I have a place to go and somewhere to get the help that I want. The place and people who work in Homeplus are a blessing. They have the ability to help us and treat us all with respect. This is from the bottom of my heart.’ Maryama Yuusef
‘Homeplus NI is an institution that understands the emotional and physical needs of asylum seekers and refugees, which is functional to the multicultural / hospitality development of Northern Ireland, integrated on a case by case basis to service users understanding its selfless service in assisting homeless people who are sleeping rough in Belfast. I have greatly benefited from this reputable institution that heals a wound where it hurts.’ Mr E from Nigeria
‘I just want to say that without Homeplus I don’t know where I would be, it has been a great help to me.’ Salem
‘I would love to write a word to Homeplus about how they do not just help but they actually help us survive in Belfast. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers. I am so grateful that we do have Homeplus just here in the corner, easy to reach and easy to get to and they make it easy for us asylum seekers to get help we need. Thank you from my heart, these are the only words I have for you all. God bless you all.’ Khalid Ali
‘I have met friends through Homeplus. I have also benefited a lot through coming to Homeplus with clothes and food as an asylum seeker. I have also received Christmas hampers for my kids. Im grateful, thanks to the great team who are always willing to help.’ Khanyisa
‘I was born in Algeria and moved to England in 202 I then moved to Belfast in 2009. I have 2 young children and my relationship broke down with the mother of my kids, the reason I moved here was to be closer to my children. I was struggling to see them and living without a residence permit and was also suffering from a heart problem. I didn’t get help from the lawyer or the government. I spoke to my friend about my problems and he brought me to Homeplus. I spoke with Ryan, one of the staff there and he helped me see a doctor and got a solicitor at the Law Centre to take on my case. Without Homeplus and especially Ryan I was going to end my life and he saved me and because of his help I got my residence permit and my life is improving. I thank him every time I see him and I will never forget what he and Homeplus has done for me. They were also able to to provide me with emergency financial support and regularly provide me with food and advice. I am extremely grateful for all the support that I have received and continue to receive from Homeplus.’ Abdel Madjid Melikechi