Cork City Council is to take over the operation of the Homeless Persons Unit from the Department of Social Protection this month.
The unit on Drinan Street had attracted a number of protests in recent months and was criticised for not having toilet facilities, adequate waiting rooms, and for mixing families with adults who may have substance abuse issues.
Brian Geaney, Director of Services, Housing and Community said the operation of the unit will transfer from the Department of Social Protection on Monday, January 1.
It is part of a range of changes in the Homeless services area, including the opening of the Family Hub and the introduction of a Housing First service.
The Homeless Persons Unit will initially be provided in Cork City Council’s Civic Offices on Anglesea Street.
A more suitable City Centre premises to accommodate this unit is being sourced and will be fitted out over the next number of weeks, after which time the Unit will be operated permanently from there.
This intervention by the Council will result in the provision of an improved, modern facility for persons presenting as Homeless in the city.
Lord Mayor of Cork, 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.”