The effects of the cost of living crisis are being felt everywhere including the frontline of need where our community and voluntary groups operate, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has said.
Visiting Women's Aid in Newry today as part of a series of discussions with community groups on the cost of living crisis, the Minister said:
"The work of organisations like Women's Aid Armagh Down in supporting women is vital and must be protected.
"The current situation is uncertain for all concerned. The absence of a functioning Executive and no budget in place makes the challenge of dealing with these issues all the greater, but my team will continue to work with all our stakeholders to ensure that providers are supported as much as possible moving forward."
Minister Hargey, whose Department funds housing-related support run by Women's Aid Armagh Down, acknowledged the vital service it provides to extremely vulnerable women and pledged her continuing support as the crisis continues to escalate.
The Department for Communities' Supporting People programme grant funds approximately Pound 550k per year to Women's Aid Armagh Down to provide housing related support through Lyne Lodge, short-term accommodation-based refuge provision and through a short-term Floating Support service for women who choose to remain at home or in a community setting.