€13m plan to house homeless in Limerick

A €13m plan to tackle homelessness in Limerick was launched yesterday by the local authority.

Up to 68 units will be acquired or constructed at various locations throughout the city to cater for homeless people.

  • Peter McVerry Trust is to get funding for seven units.
  • Simon Community will develop four units at Speakers Corner as well as make six individual acquisitions.
  • Respond will construct 11 units at Shelbourne Square.
  • 40 units will be acquired by Focus Ireland Housing Association at various locations.
  • Cluid Housing Association will construct 21 units of accommodation for the elderly and persons with disabilities at Deauville, Dublin Road, Castletroy.
  • Nabco will construct 21 units at Drominbeg, Rhebogue, for general accommodation needs.

Limerick City and County Council expects the newly acquired units will come on stream this year while it is anticipated that newly constructed units will be completed by 2017.

Liam Galvin, mayor of the city and county of Limerick, said: “This investment is badly needed to cope with the increased demand for social housing and will help to reduce local authority waiting lists in Limerick.

“These construction works will also create jobs in Limerick City and surrounding areas.”

Caroline Curley of the council said: “The council has been advised that the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government will follow-up communication with all other approved Housing Bodies that have submitted projects.”

Meanwhile, the Anti- Austerity Alliance has commented on media reports on the escalation in the homelessness crisis which saw a Blanchardstown family forced to sleep on the streets because the credit card which the council used to pay for emergency accommodation had run out of funds.

“What they’re going through is obscene. Unfortunately, this is a regular pattern now for families… Why aren’t Nama hotels being opened up to cater for these families?”

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