CASE HISTORY: Hayley Kearns
Last year, 25-year-old Hayley went to her local council offices and told them that she and her five-year-old son Paul were going to be made homeless within the next month. Her rent was being put up to €1,000 a month - well beyond what she could afford.
The council told her that it could do absolutely nothing for her until she was actually physically homeless. She returned as instructed on the day and told them that both she and her son would be on the streets from that night on. It told her there was absolutely nothing it could do for her.
Hayley called around to her local TD and was given the number of Louise Bayliss from SPARK. Through social media, David Hall of Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation contacted her and paid to put Hayley and her son in a B&B for two nights. Two days later, Hayley was "grateful" to be told that she was to be housed over a pub on Dorset Street.