Homeless Cork mother fears for her children as school returns

Homeless Cork mother fears for her children as school returns

A CORK woman, who was made homeless in recent weeks, has said she does not know how her children will get to school next week.

Stephanie and her three children were evicted from their home in the city two weeks ago after living there for almost a decade.

With all emergency accommodation in Cork City full, the family was moved to emergency accommodation in Kinsale at a cost of €3,500 for two weeks. Now that two weeks is almost up and Stephanie, whose three children are due to return to school in the city next week, is desperately seeking answers.

She told The Echo that the situation is extremely stressful and said she hopes to speak to the council in the coming days in a bid to “get some answers.”

“I need to know for the schools,” she said. Stephanie said the ordeal her family has suffered has taken a toll.

“I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety and depression and it gets worse when I don’t know what is going on,” she explained. “The cost of getting up and down to the city as well is very expensive and that’s a concern too.”

All of Stephanie’s children are in school in the city, including her eldest who is preparing for the Junior Certificate exams. She said the situation has been really hard for the children. Stephanie revealed she has been on the council housing list for more than 10 years and has been unsuccessful in a number of attempts to access housing.

Cllr Thomas Gould (SF) told The Echo that “a number of families” were made homeless in Cork city in recent weeks and had nowhere to turn to within the city as all emergency accommodation was full.

He called for derelict sites to be revamped and made available for people in such a situation.

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