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    Cork Solidarity with Apollo House


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    The #HomeSweetHome campaign has occupied Apollo House and provided accomadation for 40 people over Christmas. The courts have ordered that they vacate the building at noon on the 11th. We will be gathering outside Connolly Hall to show our support with Apollo House.

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    If anybody wants to bump into me tomorrow give me a shout, I'll be easy to detect.
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    There are other solidarity demonstrations happening around the country tomorrow, if you are near any of these places please go out and show your support.
    Belfast 12.00pm, Cork 10.35am, Kildare 12.00pm

    Solidarity demos event pages

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    Tuesday Evening 9th January 2017

    BREAKTHROUGH FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE

    Home Sweet Home campaign wins significant improvements for people who are homeless
    The Home Sweet Home campaign last week met with the Minister for Housing and some of his key officials. Home Sweet Home advised the Minister that the campaign will be taking a legal challenge arguing that the 1937 Constitution contains within it a right to housing.

    Home Sweet Home further advised the Minister that they will be opening a permanent Dublin support, advice and activist centre assisting people with their housing information needs.
    Home Sweet Home will be a permanent intervention in the nation’s housing policy and discussion.
    The following is now agreed between Home Sweet Home and the Minister.

    Ireland is currently gripped by a national housing emergency.
    At least two new facilities addressing the homelessness emergency will be opened. In order to raise the bar on the agreed minimum standards these facilities will include residents having their “own key” to a place they can call home.

    This minimum standard will be achieved with the direct participation of residents and will provide those who are ready and want private “own key” accommodation with full support services. The Minister confirmed that the provision of these new facilities will cost in excess of €4 million and Dublin City Council advised us that this positive development only came about as a direct result of the Home Sweet Home campaign. As demanded by Home Sweet Home, these facilities will include units suitable for single persons and couples and will promote independent living.

    Home Sweet Home will have regular monthly meetings with Dublin City Council and where necessary other local authorities to review and assess these, and all related, housing and homelessness policies.
    Hidden homelessness will be identified and if necessary audited and presented to local authorities for inclusion in housing lists and policies.

    The Minister has guaranteed that there will be no families in commercial accommodation (hotels or B&Bs) by 1st July 2017. The short, medium and long term needs, including care plans for all current Apollo House residents, will be met according to their needs. The rollout of community based homeless services has been agreed.

    Sweet Home has agreed not to accept new residents into Apollo House and will facilitate the transition of existing residents to suitable accommodation once Dublin City Council has provided them with “the appropriate support services to meet their short and long-term needs.”

    The Minister did not confirm whether the two additional facilities for homeless people will be NAMA buildings. Solicitors acting for Home Sweet Home have written to the Minister for Finance on this matter and are awaiting a response.

    The intervention of Home Sweet Home has created a greater awareness of the housing and homelessness emergency that has blighted our country for too long. This coalition of artists, trade unionists and activists/volunteers including the Irish Housing Network is committed to not only ensuring the full delivery of the above, but also the ultimate elimination of homelessness in Ireland.

    Home Sweet Home has achieved an enormous amount in a very short period of time. This is down to the profound outpouring of public support for the campaign with more than 2,500 people volunteering their time and services along with donations of food, clothing, beds and more than €160,000 in funds. All campaign spending will be published and any excess money raised will go towards a campaign to end homelessness in Ireland.

    Furthermore:
    No homeless person died on the streets of Dublin over the Christmas period despite temperatures dropping to 0 degrees or below on eight occasions. This was the first objective of Home Sweet Home.
    Home Sweet Home facilitated the assessment of 72 individuals by homeless services with 42 people moving into six-month beds.


    Home Sweet Home helped more than 200 people to access a secure bed through the homeless Freephone number.
    Dublin City Council and the McVerry Trust have told Home Sweet Home that the extra beds in new hostels are now six-month beds with 24-hour access as a result of the campaign.


    The Home Sweet Home intervention highlighted the lack of facilities available for couples who are homeless.
    Dublin City Council will now be providing two new buildings for people who are homeless which will replace the one building occupied by Home Sweet Home.

    Finally, Home Sweet Home does not believe that the government’s ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ plan is sufficient or ambitious enough to tackle the housing emergency. Accordingly the campaign will now pursue all of the remaining demands published in our emergency housing plan on Thursday, 5th January 2017.
    ENDS
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    Wednesday night 10th Jan 2017

    STAND WITH US

    Home Sweet Home is calling on people from around the country to STAND AND SHOW SUPPORT for the HSH movement and DEFEND Apollo House following the government's abandonment of their agreements.
    The Home Sweet Home Campaign is growing increasingly concerned about the governmentís commitment to honour the terms of the agreement reached between Minister Simon Coveney and Home Sweet Home.

    Eight residents have been forced to return to Apollo House after being offered sub-standard accommodation by DCC with one man given a bedroom with blood on the walls, mattress and sink as well as syringes on the ground.
    Other residents have reported threats of violence, no food available, no washing machine available and of other residents in the accommodation they were offered getting drunk injecting and smoking heroin in rooms. One reported hearing a gang threatening to stomp another resident soon. These type of deplorable conditions are what forced the residents to sleep rough on the streets in the first place instead of going to existing shelters.


    The HSH campaign has set a minimum standard for the quality of accommodation provided to homeless people and the movement will not accept these inhumane conditions. These minimum standards are focused around the residentís specific individual needs being met, both when they immediately enter the service, and in the long term.

    The Ministerís statements undermining the provision of two new buildings has also raised serious concerns as to the good faith of the agreements made at the negotiation table.

    It was agreed that two new buildings, additional to the ones announced by DCC on their website on November 30 2016, were committed to by Coveney in the negotiations, and the minimum standards in Apollo House would be the new benchmark for these two new additional facilities.


    Home Sweet Home will, as per the agreement, only leave when the residentís immediate needs have been met. The needs of the residents as of this evening have not been met, and only when they have been met will the residents and Home Sweet Home be leaving Apollo House.

    If you canít join us at 11am in Dublin there are 7 other national rallies to support the HSH movement Wednesday we call on you to show your support by changing your profile picture to Home Sweet Home or sharing your posts with the hashtag #EndHomelessnessNow #ApolloHouse #HomeSweetHome

    The Home Sweet Home campaign would not be possible without all the support we have received from the people of Ireland. This is your campaign as much as it is the campaign of all the residents and volunteers involved in Apollo House.
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    If another poster here wants to re-post #5 and #6 above on the main Apollo House thread, feel free, I can't because I've been removed, but post #5 answers some questions that posters have been asking.
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    Bit rich to demand open borders and then complain about a lack of housing.
    Who here has ever seen a Muslim immigrant sleeping on the street in Ireland?
    Anyone?
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    Cork event is 10.35am not pm Lara2.
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    The #HomeSweetHome campaign has occupied Apollo House and provided accomadation for 40 people over Christmas. The courts have ordered that they vacate the building at noon on the 11th. We will be gathering outside Connolly Hall to show our support with Apollo House.

    Support the letter to Michael Noonan at:
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