Homeless Kildare mother and child may be forced to sleep in car

Mother appeals to KCC for permanent home as she struggles to find emergency accommodation

Kim O'Leary

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Struggling to find emergency accommodation on a daily basis, a Newbridge mother and child fear their only option is to sleep in a car

A Newbridge woman who says she is struggling to find emergency accommodation and faces spending the night in her car, has issued an urgent appeal to Kildare County Council to provide her family with a home in 2020.

Speaking to the Leinster Leader, the woman, who didn't want to be identified, explained that she had previously lived in a house in Newbridge but experienced a number of issues. At present, she and her six-year-old daughter have spent several nights in emergency accommodation in a hotel over the past week.

However, they now face sleeping in a cold car at night as they struggle to find secured emergency accommodation every night.

“I’m on the road since last year, I’ve slept in graveyards before in the last year. Earlier this week myself and my daughter have had to go for emergency accommodation in a hotel. I’ve been ringing the council all the time every single day to find us emergency accommodation.

“My daughter starts school in January and we’ve nowhere to go, this can’t continue. We need help, we need a home and sleeping in a car in 2020 is not where we want to be,” said the woman.

With temperatures dropping, enduring the cold nights is becoming increasingly tough, particularly as She says that she also has breathing issues. She claims that she has filled out or provided all of the required paperwork and is on Kildare County Council’s housing list.

When contacted by the Leinster Leader, Kildare County Council’s housing department replied that it was not in a position to comment on individual cases.

“At this stage, I don’t want emergency accommodation every night, we just want our own home,” she said.