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Student unit plan

Thursday, 25th May, 2017 1:01am

Details of new supported student accommodation in Bishopstown were revealed this week.

Cork City Council has acquired seven housing units which will provide 39 bed spaces and ancillary office premises at Bishopsgrove on the Curraheen Road.

It will provide a bed for students who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Senior management at Cork City Council said that the complex began to accept its first out-of-home students on 22 May.

This type of project is the first project of its kind in the state, according to council officials.

The Bishopsgrove Project will provide supported student accommodation and floating support for young people aged between 18 and 25.

This intervention will build up the capacity of those eligible persons to participate in third level education, or equivalent accredited training, as a vital pathway away from homelessness.

This Cork city project will also act as a homeless prevention measure, helping reduce homelessness and housing instability among care leavers and young people at school, who are over the age of 18 and find themselves at imminent risk of homelessness.

Head of Housing Valerie O’Sullivan said: “The Cork City Council Foyer will have overall responsibility for the management of the project and will, therefore, deal with all health and safety matters, service agreements and collate any related outcomes.”

The new project was given the green light because of approval for funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

News of this type of student accommodation received positive feedback from Cork city councillors at Monday’s meeting.

Blackpool-based Fianna Fáil Cllr John Sheehan praised the work that the Foyer project do in Blackpool.

He said: “The Foyer project in Blackpool has a long established record. It has embedded itself well in the community.

“This is a welcome extension of the project for those who might want to pursue third level education.”

He added that given its record in Blackpool, it’ll bed itself well into Bishopstown.

The Foyer project in Blackpoool is a transitional housing and training centre for young people aged 18 to 25, who were homeless or who are at risk of becoming homelessness.

It aims to provide young people with a comfortable home and an environment that is conducive to learning, allowing young people to focus solely on their future during their stay.

Mary Shields, a Bishopstown-based councillor, (Fianna Fáil) said this new project was a great idea. She added: “Education is key to providing stability to young people.”

Cllr Shields said that when she was the Lord Mayor of Cork, she spoke to young people using the Foyer Project in Blackpool.

She explained: “One young person told me ‘only for this place I would never get a chance in life’.”

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