Ministers’ visit marks start of work on £1.1m shared space project in East Belfast

Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly and Junior Minister Aisling Reilly today visited the site of an ambitious £1.1million redevelopment project aimed at improving community relations and tackling homelessness in East Belfast.

By Emma Little-Pengelly MLA

Lagan Valley

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The transformation of a vacant property on the Newtownards Road will provide six new apartments, giving access to housing to those facing challenging circumstances and who are at risk of homelessness and social isolation.

The Hosford Community Homes: Inclusion Hub project will also provide a highly-visible focal point for community projects and activities, supporting community cohesion through creating a shared and welcoming space.

Speaking at the site visit to mark the official start of work on the project, deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly said: “It has been so inspiring to hear about the incredible work being carried out by East Belfast Mission and Hosford Community Homes to build community relations and help those at risk of homelessness. And I am delighted that the Urban Villages Initiative is playing a key part in that work through this Inclusion Hub project.

“This redevelopment will not only transform a dilapidated building and bring it back into use, but the creation of a multi-purpose community and good relations space as well as the six new apartments will have many other significant benefits for the local community.

“I have no doubt this will be a great asset for the whole community in this part of East Belfast, and I look forward to returning to see the completed project in 2025.”

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