Another family facing homelessness in D15

by Gazette Reporter

The housing crisis continues to cause distress. In Dublin West this week yet another family are facing the risk of homelessness. This comes just weeks after Gwen Connell and her three daughters made a public appeal on social media to help them find a new home in Dublin 15.
This week, the Gazette was contacted by a single parent with three children from Ashfield Court in Mulhuddart, after she received two months notice of her landlord’s intention to sell the rented accommodation.
Having lived in the house for two years, she said she had been unable to find alternative accommodation in Dublin 15 that will accept rent allowance.
“I can’t find anywhere else to live,” she said. “Fingal County Council have told me that their hands are tied and that basically, I have to be out on the street before I can get help. But I don’t want to bring my children into homeless accommodation.”
With one of her children attending Hartstown Community School, the mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she knows of 10 other single mothers who are in a similar situation.
“I’m very worried. I would have to pull my children out of the area, their schools and away from their friends.
“It’s very upsetting for them. I’ve been through every channel possible and I can’t find a solution.”
A council spokesperson said that if a person or family becomes homeless through no fault of their own, the council will assess their eligibility for emergency accommodation which is sourced on a regional basis in Dublin.
Cllr David McGuinness (FF) said he deals with numerous situations like this one every week. “Right now I have one family in a hotel in Dublin and one person relocating to Balbriggan from Blanchardstown just to afford a particular home.
“It is a scandalous situation where families are encouraged to enter homeless services with young children which are totally inadequate and unacceptable.”
Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) also said the number of local families facing homelessness is growing each week.
“Families are being put through heartbreak because of no laws controlling rocketing rents and the total failure to build any social / affordable housing.”
Cllr Coppinger confirmed that, following their public appeal the Connell family found a home and are now renting a two-bedroom apartment.
“Obviously, this means Gwen and her family are living in overcrowded conditions but are happy to be back together and relieved.”

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