€600K investment to provide more affordable accommodation
Drogheda Homeless Aid (DHA) has acquired three new houses to add to its stock of transitional and long-term housing.
The houses will provide both short-term or transitional accommodation for individuals exiting homelessness and more long-term independent accommodation for families.
“A ‘transitional’ designation allows for more effective move-on options for people who are perfectly capable of independent living but are left in emergency accommodation because of the current housing crisis due to extremely high rents in Drogheda and surrounds” said DHA manager Maureen Ward.
“We will now be able to provide more move-on options for some of our residents in the DHA hostel as well as for families who are on the lengthy housing waiting lists” she added.
In a statement today, Drogheda Homeless Aid expressed its thanks to the community of Drogheda for its ongoing support as well as to Louth County Council who helped to fund the acquisition through the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS).
An investment of nearly €600,000 has been made by the organisation to provide more affordable accommodation - applicants will be taken from the Local Authority Housing List.
“When local government, community and relevant organisations work together we create a stronger society which can provide meaningful, practical solutions in the face of a larger national housing crisis “, said DHA Chairman Paul Murphy.
“Many people don't realise that Drogheda Homeless Aid is a housing body, with its own houses helping to alleviate the current housing crisis in Louth/Meath” he added.
“We are extremely well known for our 25-bed hostel on the North Strand, but it's important that we get the message out there that DHA is playing its part in providing longer term housing for those in need of affordable accommodation'.