The Irish Red Cross has set up an information portal for people wishing to host displaced Ukrainian refugees.
he site allows people to register their interest in both a vacant room and any vacant accommodation they may have.
With thousands of refugees expected to enter Ireland in the coming weeks, the Red Cross campaign is designed to make the transition as seamless as possible for them in a way that promotes integration into the community.
Regarding pledges of support, the Irish Red Cross said it would match offers best suited to the interests of the host and its communities.
A Red Cross mitigation team will offer support to all parties that have been selected to host refugees.
Among the requirements is that shared properties must have at least one single guest bedroom. Pledges can be offered on a charitable basis or individuals can apply to receive Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for room rental programs.
The Red Cross says all offers of help should be for a minimum period of 12 months, while preferably properties should be close to public transport and a short journey to villages and towns.
Once applications are finalized, the Irish Red Cross will arrange for a representative to meet you at your property for a brief assessment.
This will involve an inspection of private rooms to ensure they are suitable.
A prior appointment will be organized between the guest/tenant, a speaker and possibly an interpreter. During this meeting, the house rules will be discussed, including the expectations of both parties.
Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley said they have been inundated in recent days with people [mainly in Tralee] seeking information on how they can offer their homes to displaced Ukrainians.
“The number of messages from people looking to offer support is very encouraging,” he said.
“It’s going to take a huge community effort, and everyone is going to have to get involved to help these people integrate. They come from a war zone and are going to be traumatized. It’s up to all of us to pitch in,” he added.
“I know, after talking to people they already want to help, it’s great to see the level of support people are willing to give,” Cllr Foley said.
The Irish Red Cross link is: https://registerofledges.redcross.ie.