It has been revealed that Modular homes, built to provide temporary homes for families living in hotels, are to be used as permanent housing under new plans from Dublin City Council.
The council’s housing department will present proposals to councillors in the coming weeks recommending that families who are moved into modular or “rapid build” housing would be given permanent tenancies for that house.
Homeless families moved into the first modular estate of 22 houses at Poppintree in Ballymun last May and were given six-month “licences” rather than the usual council tenancy agreement.
This was to allow the council to move the family on to suitable permanent accommodation once it became available, allocating the temporary home to another family living in a hotel.
However, due to the chronic shortage of social housing in the city the council has been unable to find homes for the families who moved into the Ballymun scheme, Baile na Laochra, one year ago, and is now proposing to offer the families permanent tenancies in the houses.
The council’s deputy chief executive and head of housing, Brendan Kenny, said the council will propose these new estates, due to be completed in the coming months, and any future rapid-build homes, would also be offered as permanent housing.
Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly said families living the Ballymun houses were already being offered permanent tenancies.
She said “While some residents were happy to stay in the houses, others were worried they would be moved back into hotels if they did not accept a permanent tenancy in the modular house”
She believes that tenants who don’t want to stay in the rapid-build houses should not be penalised.
She said “It has to be a choice for them. The council gave them temporary licences and can’t change the rules later. If they don’t want to stay, it must not be considered a refusal of accommodation.”
Families who refuse two offers of permanent accommodation lose their homeless priority status under council rules.
So what I want to ask you today is if you think homeless families should be forced to live in modular housing permanently or if you think that is completely unfair.
Some people believe that the modular housing facilities are degrading and forcing people to live in them is not right.
But at the end of the day we do have a housing crisis and this is a solution.
They were originally built as a temporary solution but as expected by some people they look like they will become a permanent solution as there are no houses.
Should people be forced to live in these modular houses?
Or do you think that is degrading?
Should people be allowed to refuse to live in modular housing permanently?