Children in local Emergency Accommodation at centre of Homeless Plan

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The needs of Children in emergency accommodation in the South Dublin County Council area is at the centre of the new National Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness, according to Dublin South West TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

 The Independent Minister says child-centred measures in the plan were drawn from the experience of frontline agencies such as Focus Ireland which are supporting families in Tallaght and surrounding communities. She says the measures are practical, fully costed and will deliver benefits for children in Tallaght in the short term.
 
Minister Zappone added:
 “It is wrong that children caught up in the housing crisis are feeling lonely, frightened and in some cases hungry. Since my appointment I have been fully engaged with agencies working in the frontline of this crisis and we have worked together to ensure the needs of children are addressed.
The National Action Plan has measures which will improve the lives of families in Tallaght and throughout the South Dublin Council area. We are appointing new support workers whose role it will be to develop support plans for children and families. Free transport schemes will be in place for those children moved to far away emergency accommodation so they are not cut off from their school and friends.
 There will be new supports so as families can pre-book crèche places. A review will be carried out to make sure that children are being fully nourished, while we are looking at using Domestic Science Labs in schools as well as other facilities to allow family time. In addition steps are being taken to support families who are homeless because of difficulties such as domestic violence.
 
I am keenly aware of the pressure and the trauma families are going through because of the loss of a home, the uncertainty about emergency accommodation and constant pressure to make ends meet. The measures we have come up with are practical – but this is not the end of my partnership with the frontline agencies many of which are on the ground in Tallaght on a constant basis. By working together we will be looking at further proposals to improve the lives of children.”