Still Somebody: Supporting People

‘Still Somebody: Supporting People’ is a new documentary film about homelessness produced by the Westcourt Centre and Eclipso Pictures.

Housing is a basic human right as well as a social need. Homelessness in Northern Ireland has remained at historically high levels since 2005/06 and the situation is of grave concern. The number of people deemed homeless has increased by 32% in the last five years and there are 37,586 households on the waiting list for social housing.

Supporting People is the government funding programme that provides more than 880 housing related support services across Northern Ireland. The programme plays a key role in preventing and reducing homelessness and offers a crucial safety net to the vulnerable and marginalised.

Funding for Supporting People schemes has been frozen for 10 years and will face the threat of a 5% cut in March 2018. This could see services closed.

This film shines a light on some of the groups and individuals impacted by the Supporting People programme, and highlights the need to give those who are homeless a voice.

It was premiered on 29th November in Belfast as part of Homelessness Awareness Week 2017.