Limerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families

first_imgAdvertisement O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Print Limerick city centre gets a deep clean New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Email Twittercenter_img TAGSfamily hubhomelessnessJackie BonfieldJan O’Sullivan TDLimerick City and County Councillimerick family hubMid West Simon Community Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleFay Milton (Savages) DJ Set Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Limerick’s Family Hub, formerly Twin Oaks B&B, Dublin Road, Limerick, will be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for families in emergency accommodation to find housing. Picture: Cian ReinhardtLimerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families. Limerick’s Family Hub, formerly Twin Oaks B&B, Dublin Road, Limerick, will be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for families in emergency accommodation to find housing. Picture: Cian ReinhardtFAMILY hub style accommodation poses the risk of “normalising” homelessness if it is not operated correctly. That’s the view of Labour Party Housing Spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan who says Limerick City and County Council needs to “ensure this type of accommodation doesn’t become the norm”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The former Government Minister was speaking to the Limerick Post after it was confirmed that a new 12 unit housing hub is scheduled to open next month for families living in emergency accommodation.The Limerick family hub will be based at the former “Twin Oaks” bed and breakfast property on the Dublin Road which was listed on the property website with an asking price of €600,000.And a spokesman for Limerick City and County Council said that they will be looking at other properties which “can be adapted into additional family hubs”.“This type of accommodation is focused on families and is being provided as a stepping stone to getting their own home,” he added.The “Twin Oaks” facility will be staffed on a 24-hour basis and will accommodate several families at a time, offering a “more homely setting” with an aim to have five staff to help with cooking, accommodation and resettlement.The hub will be operated in conjunction with the Mid-West Simon Community whose General Manager Jackie Bonfield said it would put families in a better position to move into their own homes.Limerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families. Mid West Simon general manager Jackie Bonfield.“This is a very positive step. But not a final one,” she added.When asked how long families would spend in the accommodation, she told the Limerick Post, “We set a target for three months. This depends on social housing allocations and private landlords.”“We are asking private landlords to work with the family hub to help house families. When they move on to a new home, they won’t be on their own, we will still be there to help them.”The Simon Community, which operates a ‘deposit loan’ scheme, will also offer support to newly housed families, helping them settle in their homes and with tasks such as budgeting.The accommodation will provide four cooking areas and laundry services with families having their own fridges and food closets which will not be in their bedrooms to allow them eat in a dining area rather than a hotel room.Sounding a note of caution, Deputy O’Sullivan said that family hubs were not an ideal solution, but were better than hotel accommodation.“I am concerned about the effect emergency accommodation can have on children, not having a home, not knowing where they will be living in future months.There is a risk that these types of accommodation can normalise homelessness,” she added.Last month, Limerick homelessness agency Novas Initiatives said almost 60 families were living in emergency accommodation in Limerick, which was an increase of 38 per cent on the previous month. Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures for 2016 showed 396 people were homeless in the Mid West region.Visit the Limerick Post News section for similar stories. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick NewsCommunityLimerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless familiesBy Cian Reinhardt – August 18, 2017 3515 Linkedin Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line last_img read more

Bonner’s patient 73 guides Scorpions to easy win over Canada

first_imgJAMAICA Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.Entering the game needing a win to intensify their bid for a place in the Final Four in Trinidad at month-end, the Scorpions simply outlasted their opponents in a daytime, Group A game at the Conaree Cricket Centre.In pursuit of 245 to win, Bonner showed his class in an organised, unbeaten 73 from 79 balls that included eight boundaries to lead a successful run chase for the Scorpions on another batting paradise at the ground adjacent to the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in the St. Kitts capital.The Scorpions were 81 for three in the 20th over when Bonner arrived at the crease and anchored a succession of partnerships that got the Scorpions over the finish line to complete the tournament sweep of the Canadians, following a four-wicket win last Saturday in a day/night game at Warner Park.Bonner shared 85 for the fifth wicket with his captain Rovman Powell that changed the course of the innings and stayed until the end, which came with 13 balls remaining when Bulli lofted a delivery from Nitish Kumar to the deep cover boundary for four.The result kept the Scorpions in third place, behind group leaders Barbados Pride and hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, against whom they play in their final two matches this coming Wednesday and Sunday respectively, at Conaree.Bulli had earlier ripped out the Canada top-order batting with 4-40 from his allotted 10 overs and later earned the Player of the Match award.But the Canadians, on the back of a half-century from Harsh Thaker, fought to reach 244 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.Thaker struck four fours and one six in 60 from 85 balls and led strong top-order batting. Kumar scored 42, Rayyankhan Pathan made 33, Jeet Metha got 32 before Shreyas Movva coming late in the order added 21.Pathan and Metha shared an opening stand of 69 before Canada stumbled to 92 for three in the 20th over, and Thaker led the recovery in a 56-run partnership with Kumar and a couple of small stands with his captain Kanwarpal Tathgur and Shahid Ahmadzai.Canada subsided to 212 for eight, after three wickets – two to rugged West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas – fell in the space of seven balls, but Movva and Kanwar Mann frustrated the Scorpions with a stand of 32 in the final five overs.Group “A” games continue today, when hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes face last year’s champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in a daytime contest, starting at 9 .00hrs. at Conaree. This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website,, and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Group “B” play also resumes today with Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night, feature game, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad & Tobago capital of Port of Spain. This game will be televised “live” on ESPN Caribbean in the region.A few miles due south, the United States and group leaders West Indies Emerging Players lock horns in another day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.This game will also be webcast “live” on the CWI website, and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel.(Sportsmax)last_img read more

Messi Warned to Keep off Jerusalem

first_imgBut the Palestinians are not happy that the match will be held in Jerusalem.Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub wrote on Sunday to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentinian FA, last week accusing Israel of using the match as a “political tool”.The stadium that will host the match is in west Jerusalem. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.However, the status of the city generally is highly sensitive.The match was originally slated to be played in Haifa but Israeli authorities contributed funding for it to be moved to Jerusalem, irking Palestinians further.This is in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.The U.S. embassy was moved there last month.“The Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool. As was widely covered in Argentinian media, the match now is being played in order to celebrate the `70th anniversary of the State of Israel’,” part of Rajoub’s letter said.On Sunday, Rajoub declared a campaign against Argentina and particularly Messi, noting he has millions of fans across the Arab and Islamic world, Asia and Africa.“He’s a big symbol. So, we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him. We still hope that Messi will not come,” he told reporters after leaving the Argentinian representative office in the West Bank town of Ramallah.A small group of youths wearing Palestine football scarves demonstrated outside the representation office and attempted to set fire to an Argentinian flag.Rajoub has long tried to get football’s world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to impose sanctions against Israel.This is mainly because of the Israeli government’s settlements policy in the West Bank and because it has imposed travel restrictions on Palestinian athletes citing security concerns.Those bodies have not heeded his calls. Argentina have made four previous pre-World Cup stopovers in Israel since 1986.The team has been drawn in World Cup Group D and will open its campaign against Iceland in Moscow on June 16.Most countries do not recognise either Israel’s or the Palestinians’ sovereignty in Jerusalem and have embassies to Israel in the Tel Aviv area.However, Guatemala and Honduras followed the U.S. lead in moving their embassies last month.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Palestine Football Association head has urged fans to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.Twice world champions Argentina will play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium on Saturday night in a World Cup warm-up match.The game has attracted huge interest among the Israeli fans, mainly because of Messi’s planned participation.last_img