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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

My Home

Most of us are lucky enough to take having a home for granted. Unfortunately there are many people in Northern Ireland who are not so fortunate.

We have been helping people in housing need for almost 50 years.  We deal with all kinds of housing problems and work hard to ensure wherever possible we help people stay in their homes. However, where homelessness is unavoidable we endeavour to help people find a suitable new home.

 We invite a range of Northern Ireland personalities/politicians to help us raise awareness of the importance of having a home by reflecting on what home means to them. 

Linda McAuley, BBC Radio Ulster

Linda McAuley is an award-winning presenter for the BBC Radio Ulster consumer advice programme On Your Behalf. She  was awarded ‘National Consumer Journalist of the Year for Northern Ireland.  Here, Linda reflects on what home means to her. 

Dr John McPeake, Chief Executive, NIHE

John joined the Housing Executive as a Graduate Trainee in 1982 in the Corporate Planning Department.  Apart from a brief spell working as an Economist in central government, John’s career has been with the Housing Executive where he has held a variety of jobs including Senior Economist, Head of Research, Assistant Director posts in Planning and Operations and Development Divisions, and he has also worked as a Director in three different divisions. He was appointed as Chief Executive from September 2011.

Below, he describes what home means to him

Michael Conlan - World Champion

Michael Conlan  is a boxer from Belfast. Representing Ireland, he won a bronze medal in the flyweight at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and became AIBA World Champion in October 2015.  He talks to us about his thoughts on home.

Sid McDowell CBE

Sid was a senior trade union official for almost thirty years before serving as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive from 1995 until 2004.

Sid is active in the voluntary and private sector, and previously chaired Housing Rights Service Preventing Possession initiative.

He gives us his thoughts on what creates a sense of home.

Janet Hunter - Director, Housing Rights Service

Janet Hunter has been the Director of Housing Rights Service since 1994.

Janet sits on the Promoting Social Inclusion partnership, a cross departmental group aimed at tackling homelessness in Northern Ireland. She is also a long term member, and former Chair, of the Management Committee of Law Centre NI. 

She describes her memories of her first 'home'.