Persons who have no accommodation available to them and persons living in night shelters etc. solely because they have no other accommodation may be regarded as homeless by the Council where they are unable to provide accommodation from their own resources.
Provision of accommodation, depending upon whether the need is for long term, short term, transitional or emergency accommodation, may take any of the following forms by the Council:
Hostel-type accommodation provided by voluntary bodies / agencies
Emergency Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the private sector
Specialist accommodation for victims of domestic violence
Provision of short-term accommodation pending securing of private-rented accommodation, with assistance of Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Long-term accommodation in Rental Accommodation Scheme, following assessment of application
Long-term accommodation in local authority housing, following assessment of application
Persons who are homeless, or are in danger of becoming homeless, should telephone the Housing Department at 091-509300, or call into the Council, for assessment of the most appropriate means of assistance in their case.
The following contacts may also be useful to persons seeking accommodation:
Cope – www.copegalway.ie
Cope are a Galway Charity who provide 3 sectors of social services in Galway City & County. They include:
Emergency accommodation and support services for people who are homeless
A refuge and outreach services for women and children who experience domestic violence
Senior Support Services, which include Community Catering and a day center for older people
Threshold – www.threshold.ie
Threshold is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to secure a right for housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. On Wednesday afternoons, an Accommodation Seeking service is provided for those seeking private-rented accommodation. An appointment for this service can be made by telephoning 091 563080 or calling into the office at Augustine House.
Cuan Mhuire – www.cuanmhuire.ie
Cuan Mhuire operates a centre at Coolarne, Athenry, Co. Galway. The centre offers a comprehensive, structured, abstinence-based, residential programme to persons suffering from alcohol, other chemical dependencies and gambling.