Emergency shelter needed in North Kildare

An emergency shelter is needed in North East Kildare.

Indeed, many more people are being evicted because landlords are selling property.

And Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil said less than a dozen houses were recently available for families to rent in Maynooth, Celbridge, Leixlip and Kilcock.

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil

He told a Kildare County Council meeting that many of the few properties available are not suitable for families.

He said the council should try to help reduce the trauma for families during evictions.

And he also said relocating families to other towns like Newbridge when the children are at school in Celbridge “is completely unfair”.

He said the northeast of the county should be prioritized.

Michael Garry House in Newbridge can sleep up to 21 people while Kerdiffstown House near Naas provides temporary assisted accommodation for up to 40 single adults and cold weather beds are provided all winter with up to 20 beds available if needed.

A four-suite family center is located in Prosperous and emergency accommodation is also provided as needed at a large guesthouse in the Celbridge area.

The meeting also heard that a Jigginstown mansion in Naas provides a dozen front-door clean transitional units for young adults coming out of emergency accommodation.

There is also a family center in Athy which has seven family suites and two one-bedroom transitional units.

There are also two shared accommodation properties operated on behalf of KCC in the Athy area, allowing for roaming to be extended to up to five people.

KCC manager Christine O’Grady also points out that providing emergency accommodation in the north county would require the acquisition of a suitable facility and the purchase of a homeless service provider. to operate it on behalf of the council – and it would be subject to the approval and funding of the Department of Housing and Local Government. Councilor Tim Durkan has urged KCC to buy homes whose Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) tenants are being evicted. He said that would be better than moving them to towns like Dundalk or Navan.

KCC official Annette Aspell said efforts had previously been made to find suitable premises in the northeast of the county, but had been unsuccessful.

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