A Place to Call Home – IRC Housing Programme


People can face significant barriers when moving out of Direct Provision and into the private rental sector. 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 Programme aims to assist people in overcoming these barriers by providing people with direct support and accommodation. Properties have been donated to the Programme by religious congregations, civil society and members of the public and are then sub-leased to individuals and families – providing them with a secure and affordable tenancy for a guaranteed period of time.

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.

Homayoon and his son at their new home

Funding of this part of the Programme is generously supported by the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough under the fundraising call ‘A Place to Call Home’, with properties generously donated by religious congregations who are part of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland and members of the public. St. Stephen’s Green Trust also provided support to establish a governance framework for the project. 

The Programme team also assist people with more general housing queries and assistance and provide key support to people trying to secure rental accommodation. This ensures 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.

Since we started our housing work in 2018

🔸 71 people have been directly accommodated in donated properties.
🔸 41 children now have homes.
🔸 53 people were assisted moving out of DP & into rental accommodation.
🔸 25 people were assisted out of homeless shelters & into secure accommodation.

For more information about this work and ways that you can support this work please contact our Integration Projects Manager, Rory O’Neill: roryon@irishrefugeecouncil.ie


Housing Officer, Aoife Coleman: aoife@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

“This home 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