Govt considering plan to relocate Dublin homeless families to countryside

Govt considering plan to relocate Dublin homeless families to countryside

Hundreds of homeless Dublin families could be offered housing in vacant homes around the country under plans being discussed by the Government.

The Irish Times reports that work on a rural relocation scheme is at an early stage, but it is one of a number of measures being considered.

It is understood it will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Social Exclusion in the coming weeks.

The proposal aims to advertise vacant houses in the countryside to homeless families through the “choice-based lettings” system.

Local authorities use “choice-based lettings” to advertise council houses that are difficult to let to people on the waiting list for housing.

If a household expresses an interest in one of the houses, then they may be able to "jump" the queue in return for taking a less desirable dwelling.

A spokesman for the Department of the Environment said: "That is how the choice- based system works at the moment. This will be examined to see how it might operate in the context of homeless persons."

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