'Majority' of Gresham Hotel families offered short-term accommodation

A Dublin City Council motion was passed calling on the council to seek legal advice over whether the hotel was in breach of equality legislation by asking homeless families to leave.

The majority of homeless families who will be forced to leave the Gresham Hotel at the end of the month have been offered alternative accommodation - writes dublinlive.ie.

Earlier this month, it emerged that over a dozen families staying at the hotel will have to leave by February 1 to facilitate the commencement of renovation works.

The landmark O'Connell Street hotel has been providing emergency accommodation to families for over a year, but told Dublin City Council it will no longer accept payments to act as a family hub.

But this evening, homeless group Inner City Helping Homeless - who had been acting as an intermediary for the families - revealed that most of those staying at the hotel had received an offer of alternative short term accommodation from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.

Speaking about the developments, ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn said: "We have spent a number of days engaging with families from the Gresham and working with the DRHE in order to ensure that the best possible deal is brokered for the families involved.

"A number of complex issues were on the table over the last few days and I am confident that the council will provide all families with alternative emergency accommodation. The end goal is that all families will be housed but in order to do so we need better supply in terms of builds."

Meanwhile, A motion calling for DCC to seek legal advice to ascertain if the Gresham Hotel is in breach of equality legislation was passed at the Council’s Housing meeting this evening.

The motion tabled by Cllr Alison Gilliland also condemned the actions of the Gresham in ceasing to provide accommodation for homeless families.

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