first_img Previous articleWalter Mitty style fraudster faces arrest in SpainNext articleFiona takes her place in European Parliament for Limerick businesses Alan Jacques Ardpatrick man TG rises to the challenge for charity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Getting a second chance at life Putting the focus on 163 homeless children Email Facebook NewsLocal NewsWhite House campaign could help solve Limerick’s homeless crisisBy Alan Jacques – October 31, 2014 871 A WHITE House-backed campaign to end homelessness in the United States could be adapted to deal with the issue in Limerick.The ‘100,000 Homes’ campaign is a community-led movement that has led to permanent housing for over 105,000 homeless Americans in under four years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The campaign, a winner of the 2013 World Habitat Award, is now being explored as a social solution to homelessness in Limerick by Ashoka Ireland.Part of a global association of more than 3,000 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Ireland have announced that they are keen to launch a campaign-style effort to help end homelessness in Limerick and throughout Ireland.Director of Ashoka Ireland, Serena Mizzoni commented, “We’re still talking to people and seeing how it might work in Limerick and elsewhere in Ireland.”The brainchild of the pioneering New York-based non-profit organisation Community Solutions, the ‘100,000 Homes’ initiative facilitates 186 individual communities in the US to mobilise through a coordinated national effort.According to its founder, Rosanne Haggerty, the campaign has helped prove that an immediate connection to housing with basic supportive services can solve homelessness for almost everyone.Focus Ireland Limerick Manager Ger Spillane said it was great to see the positive impact the campaign seemed to be having in tackling homelessness in the United States. However, in an Irish context, he pointed out that the key problem was housing supply and access to affordable rental accommodation.“Focus Ireland and other organisations working the area have years of experience preventing homeless and supporting people who are homeless to move on and secure a home. We have expertise across all areas of social work and there are systems in place to identify people’s needs and vulnerability.“The problem is that in many cases we can’t secure homes for people as there is a critical shortage of affordable housing,” explained Mr Spillane.Focus Ireland has called on the Government to invest €500 million to help deliver over 3,000 homes to help tackle Ireland’s growing homeless and affordable housing crisis.“The housing crisis cannot be solved without substantial Government investment in public housing,” said Mr Spillane.center_img Linkedin Advertisement TAGSAlan JacquesAshoka IrelandCommunity SolutionsFocus IrelandhomelesshomelessnesslimerickThe White House Limerick Post Show | Focus Ireland launch Shine A Light Night Twitter WhatsApp 262 adults homeless in Limerick Radical shift needed with 257 homeless in Limericklast_img

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