The nations homelessness crisis us getting worse by the day and for many it seems like nothing is being done to help those less fortunate than ourselves, but for the city of Dublin that could soon be set to change as over 800 of the city’s residents have signed a petition asking Dublin City Council to let them help by turning empty buildings into safe homes.
The staggering and remarkable petition which is gaining more and more support was given to city Councillor Daithí Doolan, by the housing campaigner Erica Fleming, who leads the social justice group Uplift. The devoted woman Erica and her family who are currently homeless have lead a brave campaign to highlight the plight of those currently homeless in the nations capital.
Councillor Doolan revealed: “The latest petition is a commitment from over 834 Dublin residents to help Dublin City Council turn vacant buildings in Dublin City into safe homes for homeless people.” “The practical offer includes cleaning, tiling, painting, woodwork, electrical work and gardening.” “This is a very practical sign of solidarity from the good citizens of Dublin”, he added.
Councillor Doolan further explained: “Dublin faces an unprecedented housing crisis. Numbers forced into emergency accommodation are increasing on a daily basis”. “I want to applaud Uplift for taking the initiative. I fully understand that there may be technical difficulties, I will give this my full attention and I hope to turn this solidarity into action and to turn empties houses into homes”.
The latest proposal by Dublin City residents comes after recent figures showed that 83 families were left homeless in Dublin in February.