Homeless people fear being asked to leave hotels to make room for tourists

Homeless people fear being asked to leave hotels to make room for tourists
Edel Conlon, southern regional manager, Threshold, in the Cork office at South Mall. Picture: Denis Minihane.

PEOPLE living in emergency hotel accommodation are "living on edge" all summer because of the fear they will have to vacate rooms for tourists.

Head of the Cork branch of housing charity Threshold, Edel Conlon said: “Traditionally summer holidays were an exciting time for children and for parents but for many this summer it’s going to be a huge source of stress.” 

Ms Conlon called for more family hubs to be made available to accommodate people who are struggling to find somewhere to live.

“Families being accommodated in hotels and B&Bs are going to be extremely worried during the summer months due to previous bookings," she said.

The high cost of rents, the shortage of emergency accommodation and the long waiting lists for social housing have created a "perfect storm" of circumstances that could leave people with nowhere to go.

Ms Conlon said that Threshold Cork was aware of one individual, living in a B&B, who had to go stay with a friend over the weekend of the Rod Stewart concert, due to a prior booking at the B&B.

She said the busy summer months are an especially difficult time to be in emergency accommodation.

“It results in people being moved from one B&B/hotel to another which is extremely stressful for people. It is extremely hard to feed and entertain children in such small spaces.

“Cork needs more family hubs to accommodate people until such time as the supply of social housing has increased to reduce the amount of homelessness across the city and county," she added.

Separately, the housing charity has warned students to remain vigilant following a recent series of rental scams in the city.

In two recent cases, students from Brazil were duped into paying €1,750 in rent for a non-existent tenancy.

“We strongly advise people to be cautious of a landlord who claims to be out of the country, can’t show you the property but requests a deposit anyway,” said Ms Conlon.

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