Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has hailed the Simon Community’s on the launch of their new freephone helpline marking their 40th anniversary.
“The Simon Community has provided an excellent service looking after the welfare of homeless people for forty years now,” he said.
“It has now marked this anniversary with the launch of freephone helpline for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This freephone line is a unique and innovative partnership between Simon Community and Supporting people programme.
“This new service is in addition to the other outstanding work particularly their initiatives aimed at helping people get back on their feet by providing a direct access hostel, meaning there are care services and community support services available,” he added.
Colr. Kelly said the homeless charity are doing invaluable work in Derry and elsewhere.
“Every person has a fundamental right to a home. The Simon Community are always at hand to respond to the needs of the homeless people and they provide an absolutely vital role.
“In the past twelve months we have already seen a man die on the streets of Dublin due to having to live on the streets. I can only imagine the hardship of having to sleep on the streets,” he said.