Local elected officials have once again called for the establishment of a local service for people presenting themselves as homeless in Bray. Currently those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness must go to Wicklow County Council buildings to receive support from the local authority, this despite a 2020 motion tabled at the district meeting municipality of Bray, supported by the eight councillors, who called for a local local service.
ith the worsening housing crisis and the lack of available housing in the area at an all-time low, elected officials once again reiterated the need for this service.
“At the moment, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Bray must report – often with their children – to Wicklow County Council buildings,” said Sinn Féin Councilor Grace McManus. “It costs time and money, especially when we’re talking about people who are going through a very difficult financial, emotional and traumatic time. We recognized this issue in the pre-pandemic era of 2019 and passed a motion in the Municipal District of Bray requesting that service be provided at Bray Council offices to address this issue.
“We have consistently highlighted the need for this service since that motion, based on our experiences working with homeless people, and council officials have listened and worked to provide this vital resource in the city. It was confirmed at our recent Municipal District meeting that this service will be provided, and I think this is an important step in terms of positive change.
His party colleague Councilor Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien, who is also a member of the Bray Homeless Forum, said there could be no more delay in getting the service in place.
“The sad reality is that due to failed government policy, many people with housing and homelessness issues are based in the wider Bray area,” he said. “To be able to provide outreach to these people locally is an absolute necessity if we are to have a meaningful impact. The experience and related impacts of homelessness are very time sensitive, every day you don’t are unable to access support services is an additional day of risk. The sooner this service is back up and running, the better.”
And Cllr McManus said the introduction of a specific service in Bray would alleviate at least some of the pressure on those struggling to find suitable accommodation.
“My ultimate hope is that this change will have the greatest impact on our people who are going through very vulnerable times and help them get the support they need, when they need it, where they need it,” he said. she declared.