Friday 19 December 2014

Family of six, with two-month-old baby girl, left homeless in city

Published 13/08/2014 | 13:53

Tuesday 12 August 2014. The Moloney family are homeless. Megan (6), Chantelle (8), Michelle (mom), Maise (2 months) and Alisha (4).
The Moloney family are homeless. Megan (6), Chantelle (8), Michelle (mom), Maise (2 months) and Alisha (4).
The Moloney family are homeless. Megan (6), Chantelle (8), Michelle (mom), Maise (2 months) and Alisha (4).

A DUBLIN family of six have been left homeless and without any of their 
possessions after they could not afford the rent on their home.

As the homeless crisis in the capital continues, mum-of-four Michelle Moloney said her family have become the latest victims of the housing shortage.

She told the Herald: "It's very hard, my oldest woke up crying this morning asking 'mam when are we going to get a house'."

The family has been homeless since July 30, and have slept in various hostels and hotels around the city, not knowing from day-to-day where they will be staying that night.

Michelle, the children's father Mark Doyle and Maise (two months), Chantelle (8), Aliscia (4) and Megan (6) had all been living in Inchicore.

The young family had been staying with Mark's father for several years until he passed away, leaving them to make up the rest of the rent.

Michelle said they left their home without even a change of clothes for their children.

"We were given three months' notice, until I had the baby, and we could not find anywhere that would take our family and the rent allowance," she said.

"We have a third girl starting school next month in Inchicore - it's our home," Michelle added.

Emergency

The parents, who say they have never been homeless before - or in any arrears - explained they now have to walk the streets with their family during the day and stop into soup 
kitchens.

"We were told we had to leave our home and were given notice, but we had nowhere to go and so nowhere to put any of our stuff," Michelle said.

The young family is now trying to get emergency accommodation through Dublin City Council (DCC).

DCC did not reply to a request for comment before going to press.

jfegan@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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