Friday 23 August 2019

Homeless charities urge public to donate water charge refunds

Kieran Mulvey Photo: Tony Gavin
Kieran Mulvey Photo: Tony Gavin
Irish Water says it can re-issue refund cheques to a “nominated person of the account holder” for anyone who does not have a bank (Stock photo)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Homeless charities have joined forces to ask the public to consider donating their water refunds to help tackle the homelessness crisis.

The Simon Community, Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust are planning a major national fundraising campaign to coincide with the upcoming Irish Water national repayment scheme, which will see €173m handed back to households over the coming months.

The refund project will be overseen by former head of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, and will ask people who can afford to donate to consider the plight of those without a home.

The group says that even a fraction of the total repayments could help deliver homes.

"Homelessness is the greatest social problem facing post-recession Ireland," Mr Mulvey said. "Focus Ireland, Peter McVerry Trust and the Simon Community are at the forefront in trying to deliver much-needed investment in housing infrastructure."

Further details will be announced over the coming weeks as to how people can donate, and the types of projects that will benefit. The most recent figures show a record total of 8,374 people homeless in Ireland. This includes 5,250 adults and 3,124 children.

Irish Independent

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