Supporting families out of homelessness
For almost five months, Mary, a mother of four young children, two of whom have a diagnosed disability, was residing in a homeless hostel. Mary was struggling to cope, it was the family's first experience of homelessness and she found it impossible to find a way out of homelessness.
The Access Housing Unit began working with Mary to find appropriate accommodation, which proved to be very difficult. There are very few 3-bedroomed properties available that accept rent supplement and there is a huge demand for the few that do exist.
Staff in our Access Housing Unit accompanied Mary on viewings of properties around the city before they were successful in locating a four bedroomed property in an area that suited Mary's family, close to local amenities and near the children's school.
Mary and the boys are now well integrated into their new community and Mary continues to link our team in the Access Housing Unit, who continue to provide the family with on-going tenancy sustainment support.
Paul's pathway from homelessness
For the first time in his life, at the age of 67, Paul found himself homeless and had temporary accommodation at an emergency homeless hostel. When he first met with our team in the Access Housing Unit, Paul was extremely nervous and unsure not just of the future days ahead, but also of the services that we could provide. Staff in the Access Housing Unit provided Paul with assistance in terms of pre-tenancy support, that involved supporting him in his search for a new home and helping him to organise his rent supplement payments.
Today, he continues to live independently, confident and secure in his new home.
This is what Paul said of the service
Access Housing Unit in Cork - the people we help