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Are modular houses the answer to Dublin’s homeless crisis – take a look inside

Dublin councillors are considering using modular houses as a solution to the city’s homeless crisis.

Are modular houses the answer to Dublin's homeless crisis - take a look inside

Today the mayors of the four Dublin local authorities will view six different samples of modular housing and consider if they think any are suitable to provide temporary accommodation to the hundreds of homeless families currently staying in hotels.

The modular houses are built in a factory and can be assembled, plumbed, wired and decorated inside a day on site.

Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) is putting on an exhibition of the easy-build homes, with six different manufacturers on display.

It is hoped that up to 200 units could be erected in Dublin to ease the financial burden of placing families in hotels. So far this year, the DRHE has spent €4.5m on hotel accommodation for hundreds of families.

The problem is on the rise with August figures revealing there are 1,275 children belonging to 607 families in Dublin without a home, more than in the previous month.

The DHRE believe that modular housing is a real solution to this problem. Families will be able to cook, clean, play and relax in a place they can call home.

They could remain in the homes until they are able to re-enter the rental market or a social housing house becomes available.

Take a look at the YouTube video to see inside the modular houses.

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4 comments

  1. Helen Browne

    This is a brilliant idea these modular homes look fantastic and gives a purpose to families in getting them off the streets and providing them with a home, keep up the good work

  2. Ciaran

    As an architectural technician this is a great idea because real housing for the cost of build costs far, far too much to buy and even to get a morgage is a pure rip off and having rented for 9 yrs without problem and still ended up back at home because of the un-functional rental market it isnt realistic and these people need it so much. My only problem is if the contract yet again as with so many corrupt contracts in this country goes near a denis o’brien company it just shows how badly run and corrupt this counrty is at looking after the rich and friends of polititions while trying to put a face as if they care one even little bit when they are fighting the e.u for apple not to pay 18billion in taxes.

  3. Tracey

    What a marvelous idea!! I hope it catches on around the world!!

  4. Debbie Hannigan

    I think this a marvelous idea these also can be used for domestic volience cases or displaced people after a fire or flood

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