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City council to take over homeless unit

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:04pm

A homeless facility which was at the centre of controversy last summer is to be taken over by Cork City Council this month.

The day-to-day management of the Homeless Persons’ Unit on Drinan Street is to be taken over by Cork City Council’s housing department on 21 January. It is run by the Dept of Social Protection.

Brian Geaney, Director of Housing and Community Services for Cork City Council, confirmed the decision this week as part of a range of initiatives in the area of homeless services, including the opening of a family hub and the introduction of a Housing First service. The service will initially be provided in Cork City Council’s Civic Offices on Anglesea Street. A more suitable permanent city centre premises to accommodate the unit is being sourced and will be fitted out over the next number of weeks.

The Drinan Street unit was in the news last summer when the Housing Action Group carried out a protest and occupation over conditions at the unit.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn said: “While acknowledging that the provision of additional housing - driven by national government as well as local - is the key to solving homelessness, the provision of better services in a better building to address short and medium-term problems faced by people is welcome. Councillors have called for better facilities, and I’m glad to see the housing department has acted upon those requests.”

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