IRC Housing Project

Homayoon with his son and the keys to their new home

People face significant barriers in transitioning out of Direct Provision. The report ‘Transition from Direct Provision to life in the community’ conducted by UCD and TCD and supported by the Irish Refugee Council detailed these issues.

The IRC Housing Project aims to assist people in overcoming these barriers by providing people with support and accommodation for a period of approximately 12-18 months. During this time the person or family receives integration supports including language, education and employment. It is envisaged that after receiving this assistance and having lived in stable accommodation outside of Direct Provision, people will be in a better position to move in to the private rental market.

RTÉ reported on the project in April 2018.

Funding of this part of the project is supported by the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough under the fundraising call ‘A Place to Call Home’.

Properties for the project are provided by religious congregations, civil society and members of the public and are then sub-leased to individuals and families.

We also assist people who cannot leave Direct Provision with more general housing queries and assistance. This will ensure that as many people as possible are assisted by the Project. This part of the Project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020 and is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality.

As of September 2018 the Project supports around 61 people in 11 properties across Ireland.

For more information please contact our Integration Projects Manager, Rory O’Neill: rory@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

or

Housing Officer, Aoife Coleman: aoife@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

“The Housing Project is a new birth for me. I have still not come to terms with it. It is huge. Sometimes I feel like I am in a dream especially when I close my door, cook, host a friend, or when I make a phone call and no one asks me to lower my voice. In the beginning, it was hard for me to feel that it is my place and I’m free to do whatever I want to do, but gradually I started enjoying my privacy and I can express my true happiness and appreciation for what I have now, I’m free and over the moon.” ~ Abdelshafa