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Charity Director awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours

Janet Hunter, Director of local charity Housing Rights, has been awarded an OBE for her services to the community in the New Year’s Honours list.

Janet has been the Director of Housing Rights since 1994.  The charity provides advice, advocacy and representation services to people who are homeless or in housing need throughout Northern Ireland.

Speaking about her award Janet said: “It has been an unexpected privilege to receive this level of recognition but it is not all about me.  This award is a great tribute to the excellent work which Housing Rights has done over many difficult decades to help tackle the often acute, and sometimes unique, housing problems of people living in NI.”

Janet is one of only 10 people in Northern Ireland to have her extraordinary achievements recognised with an OBE.  Gráinne Walsh, Chairperson of Housing Rights, commented: “I am delighted by this recognition of Janet’s commitment to improving the lives of people who are struggling with homelessness or housing problems.  I know that Janet would want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Housing Rights team who have worked alongside her over the last 21 yearsIn focusing on Housing Rights vision when everyone has a home, Janet's thoughtful leadership is inspiring to anyone who knows her.”

Last year Housing Rights prevented homelessness and improved the housing situation of over 10,000 individuals and families in NI.