Wednesday 21 February 2018

'How are these families going to be selected?' - Locations of first modular houses for homeless revealed

Five sites on both sides of the Liffey have been deemed suitable to build modular homes
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The locations of Dublin's first modular homes for homeless families have been revealed.

Five sites on both sides of the Liffey have been deemed suitable to build modular homes.

Dublin City Council (DCC) has identified sites in Ballymun, Crumlin, Finglas, Cherry Orchard and Darndale for the homes.

Poppintree in Ballymun has been suggested as a site which can hold 22 of the modular homes, meaning that it is likely to be the first place the units will be built.

"It's not about the physical units, people just want a place where they can raise their children and bring them to school nearby," Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy Mike Allen told RTE Radio 1's Today with Sean O'Rourke this morning.

"Every time the Minister for Finance delivers a Budget the numbers of homeless has doubled.  Unless [the Government] does something about it there is no reason to think that this is going to slow down.

"The rent certainty that was proposed almost a year ago - almost nothing has happened since then."

Head of Policy and Communications of the Simon Community Niamh Randall said that they have been "pushing to ensure people have access to services they need".

"We need to ensure that these families get an assessment and easy access so that people can get to school. How are these families going to be selected?," she asked.

Last week, the Government began a fast-track procurement procedure to secure 22 units, in the hope that the first families will be living there by Christmas.

The remaining four sites have been identified for the second round to be delivered in 2016.

St Helena's Drive in Finglas will host the most modular homes, with 40 units set for the site, while Belcamp Avenue in Darndale will have 38 units built there. Some 29 modular homes are set for Crumlin, while 24 are due to be built in Cherry Orchard.

City councillors will be presented with the list of locations at a meeting in City Hall tonight.

Due to the urgent need for housing, the council will override normal planning procedures and the five locations will not need to go out to public consultation.

Council management has said that the houses will be suitable for long-term use and that they will be available for "innovative uses" such as for public housing or student accommodation when they are no longer needed.

Irish Independent

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