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Family evicted from Dublin's Regency Hotel win offer of more secure alternative accommodation
Sunday June 12, 2016 21:12 by IHN - Irish Housing Network
**Family evicted from Dublin's Regency Hotel win offer of more secure alternative accommodation , 20 hour long picket of Regency Hotel by family and supporters ended.**
The Irish Housing Network has ended their protest outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin following the success of the family in securing alternative accommodation. The Network believes that the success of the family in securing safe alternative accommodation is thanks to the family’s persistence and courage in seeking decent accommodation for their family, and the response and level of solidarity shown by members of the public, the north Dublin community and housing groups across the city. These forces stood together in solidarity, putting significant pressure on the homeless services to provide the support previously denied to the family.
The Network has serious concerns over the reponse of Dublin City Council Homeless Services, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, and R & G Management over the unsafe living conditions persistent in the Regency Hotel, including black mold and damp responsible for the poor health and hospitalisation of the family’s daughter aged 9 months.
The Network understand that the area of the hotel where homeless families are accommodated is run by a separate company with the Regency, R & G Management.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive have stated that the eviction of this young family was permitted as an “intervention”. Why was no "intervention" made by Homeless Services or Executive to prevent the family from enduring substandard living conditions even when the black mold and damp persisting in the family’s room was brought to the attention of hotel staff and keyworker.
Why was no such intervention made which could have prevented the hospitalisation of their child, with no attempts made to move them to safer accommodation.
The "Intervention" made by Homeless Services was to evict the family without due process, without recourse to a keyworker, and left to sleep on the side of the road.
If you are living in emergency accommodation and facing poor and unsafe living conditions please get in touch..