Thursday 27 October 2016

Council buys 65 Tallaght apartments to help ease homeless crisis in capital


Mannix Flynn
Mannix Flynn

Homeless families in south Dublin could be moving into new accommodation by the end of next month after the council bought 65 vacant apartments in the Tallaght Cross complex.

In a move to reduce the numbers of families being housed around the city in cramped hotel rooms with no cooking facilities, South Dublin County Council bought the units through NAMA.

The one, two and three-bedroomed apartments will be managed on behalf of the council by an approved housing authority and in association with Focus Ireland.

They will provide temporary accommodation for the homeless, but will help ease the crisis that has put 411 families with children (including 911 dependent children) in emergency accommodation across Dublin.

More families are becoming homeless every month as rising rents and an acute shortage of housing make life increasingly difficult for them.

The council has been working on the Tallaght Cross plan for the past 18 months and has ensured that each of the units, which are spread across the complex, were finished to a high standard.

The Herald reported in March that the council's talks with the different agencies involved in the project were nearing completion.

Independent city councillor Mannix Flynn welcomed the move to use the vacant apartments to ease the pressure, and said he hoped it is a model to be repeated in various areas.


"This is not just a solution for south Dublin, this type of plan could work all over the city and all over the country," he said.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) said the 65 units are in two blocks at Tallaght Cross, and were bought through the NAMA Special Purpose Vehicle NARPS.

"The Dublin local authority homeless services responsible for assessing the needs of families and placing them into emergency accommodation are experiencing an unprecedented demand for their services," the spokesperson said.

"This is primarily as a result of people losing their accommodation in the private rented sector.

"Local authority staff are working on a daily basis to ensure that families who are at risk of imminent homelessness can be accommodated and can avoid the experience of sleeping rough.

"In the second instance, the local authorities are working intensely to support families in a very stressful situation and who may be at risk of losing their tenancy in the forthcoming days or who have been staying with their family and friends after already leaving their home."

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