Wednesday 21 February 2018

Homeless charity highlights the plight of ex-construction workers

Patricia McDonagh

A CHARITY fighting against homelessness yesterday warned the Government that Budget cuts to existing services will force more people to sleep rough.

Focus Ireland revealed that 5,000 people were now homeless -- and insisted this figure would rise as more people struggled to keep a roof over their heads.

To kickstart its new fundraising campaign yesterday, Focus Ireland parked an ad-mobile outside the gates of Government Buildings, featuring a poster showing a homeless man with the slogan: "I used to build homes. Then I lost mine."

The organisation's CEO, Joyce Loughnan, said the sad irony was that people were homeless despite the fact surplus houses were built during the boom years.

"This poignant poster captures the reality that some of the construction workers who built thousands of homes during the boom actually lost their own homes," she said.

Focus Ireland gears up to run its second annual 'Key to a Home' collection, which aims to raise more than €100,000 next weekend.

Irish Independent

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