Saturday 21 April 2018

Homeless mum believes modular units will be 'a waste of time'

Erica Fleming has been living in a hotel with her daughter for six months. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Erica Fleming has been living in a hotel with her daughter for six months. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Homeless mum Erica Fleming had hoped the Government would have had a re-think of modular housing and the significant costs associated with building the units.

The 30-year-old has been living in a northside Dublin hotel with her nine-year-old daughter since June, and is disappointed to find herself homeless this Christmas.

Erica believes modular homes are "a waste of time" and doesn't see them as the way forward in tackling the housing crisis.

She said she would say "no" to modular housing if she was offered one.

She believes the Government is steam-rolling the modular homes through without actually taking anything else into consideration, including both the views of local residents and homeless people. With Christmas coming, Erica said she won't have to spend it in the hotel.

"Family and friends have been good to us, and I actually have numerous offers for dinner on the day. It is very nice of people, so we are OK," she said.

Erica and her daughter will visit a few different people.

"At the end of the day, Christmas is people's family day. I don't want to be a burden on anybody," said the Dubliner.

"I am looking forward to Christmas and so is my daughter."

Erica doesn't know where she is on the housing list. However, she pointed out she may be waiting for another year or more for a home, due to the long waiting lists.

"They don't give you a time frame," Erica explained.

In the meantime, until a home becomes available, she remains living in the hotel.

There is a double bed in the room that she and her daughter share.

"You make the most of the situation and at the end of the day, we could be so much more worse off. We could be in a hostel," she added.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive said it would not comment on individual cases.

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