James Duggan Estates are giving local homeless people a helping hand this winter by teaming up with charity, the East Belfast Mission’s Hosford Project, and providing a winter warmth pack every time a customer completes on a new home.
The Hosford Project aims to provide accommodation to those facing homelessness, but only has 26 apartments at any one time, sadly there are those that there is simply no room for. At present, there are 5,000 homeless in Belfast each year. Many of these people will find temporary accommodation in hostels. However some will not and there has been an increase in rough sleeping in the past year.
Last year Hosford received 1000 referral from people looking for a bed. Sadly they could only accommodate 60 of those people, with the nights getting colder it is now much harder for those in need.
James Duggan’s winter warmth pack will be given to those who face a night on the streets until suitable accommodation can be found. Each pack consists of a cosy fleece blanket, socks, hat, gloves and a £5 voucher for local chip shop, the Fryer Tuck on Belfast’s Bloomfield Road. James Duggan says of the initiative;
“We are passionate about supporting our local community and wanted to do something that would make a real impact. Every day we see happy smiling faces as our customers move into their new home, but that’s sadly not the case for many others, the Hosford project is a fabulous charity that actively changes the lives of those that it sets out to help, we wanted to be a part of that. The first stage of our involvement is to provide our winter warmth packs and down the line, we will be helping those in need get back on their feet by donating home basics that many of us take for granted, such as kettles and toasters.” Aidan Byrne, Hosford Project Manager is delighted with the support;
“It’s wonderful to see this local business addressing the needs of our community and we are extremely appreciative of James Duggan’s support, especially as winter sets in and the nights get colder. We have seen a consistent increase in those experiencing homelessness and the only way we can deal with this as a society is if we work together.’
James Duggan Estates was established in September of 2015 and anticipates completing on approximately twenty homes between now and the end of January. Formerly Century 21, the family run business boasts 25 year of experience in the property market. The father and son duo pride themselves on bringing a unique approach to selling property by offering, Sales, Lettings, expert Property Management, Mortgage and Insurance Services, a recommended panel of solicitors, surveyors and advice on energy performance certificates (EPC’s), all under one roof – your one stop shop for all your property requirements.
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