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PropertyPal Announces Charity Partnership with Simon Community Northern Ireland

Pictured (L-R): Harriett Roberts, Simon Community Director of Growth & Engagement, Jordan Buchanan, PropertyPal CEO and Jim Dennison, Simon Community CEO.

PropertyPal, Northern Ireland’s leading property website, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Simon Community, a charitable organisation dedicated to tackling homelessness and supporting individuals and families in need across the region.

The collaboration encourages staff volunteering, organised fundraising and ongoing support to raise awareness about the true scale of homelessness in Northern Ireland. According to official figures, 55,500 people – including 4,500 children – are homeless in NI.  Yet this figure doesn’t account for people unknown to the authorities – the ‘hidden’ homeless. There are many more people outside the system, hidden from view. They are sleeping in cars, sofa surfing or squatting in their offices. 

Through joint initiatives, the organisations aim to shed light on the often-overlooked issue of ‘hidden homelessness’ and encourage awareness and support that ultimately drives positive action.

Jordan Buchanan, PropertyPal CEO, commented on the partnership :

We are delighted to have Simon Community as our official charity partner and aim to support the invaluable work they do. Social and economic factors, alongside rising costs, are exacerbating hidden homelessness, particularly in the private rental market, which poses significant challenges for those on lower incomes. Through the extensive reach we have of over 12 million visitors annually, we are determined to highlight this issue and support the Simon Community in advocating for positive change.”

Simon Community’s new strategy, ‘Doing Things Differently’, focuses on delivering preventative measures and early interventions for those at risk of homelessness, along with practical housing solutions to break the cycle swiftly.

Jim Dennison, Simon Community CEO, commented on the partnership :

We are very excited to work with PropertyPal in the months ahead. We know that a safe and secure home is life changing and our partnership will allow us to support more people who are experiencing homelessness across Northern Ireland.” 

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