Just quarter of refugee housing offers judged suitable, Red Cross says

Nearly 6,000 offers of vacant homes or spare rooms have been deemed suitable to house Ukrainian refugees to date out of 25,000 offers of accommodation, according to the latest Irish Red Cross figures.

The humanitarian charity has been attempting to process the large volume of pledges of accommodation for refugees from the public following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February.

To date, 1,900 vacant properties offered have been deemed suitable and sent to Department of Children and Equality officials to place Ukrainian refugees into. Another 4,000 spare rooms in shared homes have been deemed suitable but have not yet been sent to the department, as in many cases hosts were taking in a family with children and so needed to be Garda-vetted.

While the Irish Red Cross received 25,027 offers of housing, nearly 4,000 pledges were later withdrawn by homeowners. A further 1,000 people could not be contacted and nearly 900 properties had been offered twice.

Long-term commitment

The pledges include 5,764 vacant homes and spare rooms in 17,669 shared homes, where refugees would live with the homeowner.

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