Cork Solidarity with Apollo House

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If anybody wants to bump into me tomorrow give me a shout, I'll be easy to detect.
 

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BREAKTHROUGH FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE

Home Sweet Home campaign wins significant improvements for people who are homeless
The Home Sweet Home campaign last week met with the Minister for Housing and some of his key officials. Home Sweet Home advised the Minister that the campaign will be taking a legal challenge arguing that the 1937 Constitution contains within it a right to housing.

Home Sweet Home further advised the Minister that they will be opening a permanent Dublin support, advice and activist centre assisting people with their housing information needs.
Home Sweet Home will be a permanent intervention in the nation’s housing policy and discussion.
The following is now agreed between Home Sweet Home and the Minister.

Ireland is currently gripped by a national housing emergency.
At least two new facilities addressing the homelessness emergency will be opened. In order to raise the bar on the agreed minimum standards these facilities will include residents having their “own key” to a place they can call home.

This minimum standard will be achieved with the direct participation of residents and will provide those who are ready and want private “own key” accommodation with full support services. The Minister confirmed that the provision of these new facilities will cost in excess of €4 million and Dublin City Council advised us that this positive development only came about as a direct result of the Home Sweet Home campaign. As demanded by Home Sweet Home, these facilities will include units suitable for single persons and couples and will promote independent living.

Home Sweet Home will have regular monthly meetings with Dublin City Council and where necessary other local authorities to review and assess these, and all related, housing and homelessness policies.
Hidden homelessness will be identified and if necessary audited and presented to local authorities for inclusion in housing lists and policies.

The Minister has guaranteed that there will be no families in commercial accommodation (hotels or B&Bs) by 1st July 2017. The short, medium and long term needs, including care plans for all current Apollo House residents, will be met according to their needs. The rollout of community based homeless services has been agreed.

Sweet Home has agreed not to accept new residents into Apollo House and will facilitate the transition of existing residents to suitable accommodation once Dublin City Council has provided them with “the appropriate support services to meet their short and long-term needs.”

The Minister did not confirm whether the two additional facilities for homeless people will be NAMA buildings. Solicitors acting for Home Sweet Home have written to the Minister for Finance on this matter and are awaiting a response.

The intervention of Home Sweet Home has created a greater awareness of the housing and homelessness emergency that has blighted our country for too long. This coalition of artists, trade unionists and activists/volunteers including the Irish Housing Network is committed to not only ensuring the full delivery of the above, but also the ultimate elimination of homelessness in Ireland.

Home Sweet Home has achieved an enormous amount in a very short period of time. This is down to the profound outpouring of public support for the campaign with more than 2,500 people volunteering their time and services along with donations of food, clothing, beds and more than €160,000 in funds. All campaign spending will be published and any excess money raised will go towards a campaign to end homelessness in Ireland.

Furthermore:
No homeless person died on the streets of Dublin over the Christmas period despite temperatures dropping to 0 degrees or below on eight occasions. This was the first objective of Home Sweet Home.
Home Sweet Home facilitated the assessment of 72 individuals by homeless services with 42 people moving into six-month beds.


Home Sweet Home helped more than 200 people to access a secure bed through the homeless Freephone number.
Dublin City Council and the McVerry Trust have told Home Sweet Home that the extra beds in new hostels are now six-month beds with 24-hour access as a result of the campaign.


The Home Sweet Home intervention highlighted the lack of facilities available for couples who are homeless.
Dublin City Council will now be providing two new buildings for people who are homeless which will replace the one building occupied by Home Sweet Home.

Finally, Home Sweet Home does not believe that the government’s ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ plan is sufficient or ambitious enough to tackle the housing emergency. Accordingly the campaign will now pursue all of the remaining demands published in our emergency housing plan on Thursday, 5th January 2017.
ENDS
 
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Wednesday night 10th Jan 2017

STAND WITH US

Home Sweet Home is calling on people from around the country to STAND AND SHOW SUPPORT for the HSH movement and DEFEND Apollo House following the government's abandonment of their agreements.
The Home Sweet Home Campaign is growing increasingly concerned about the government’s commitment to honour the terms of the agreement reached between Minister Simon Coveney and Home Sweet Home.

Eight residents have been forced to return to Apollo House after being offered sub-standard accommodation by DCC with one man given a bedroom with blood on the walls, mattress and sink as well as syringes on the ground.
Other residents have reported threats of violence, no food available, no washing machine available and of other residents in the accommodation they were offered getting drunk injecting and smoking heroin in rooms. One reported hearing a gang threatening to stomp another resident soon. These type of deplorable conditions are what forced the residents to sleep rough on the streets in the first place instead of going to existing shelters.


The HSH campaign has set a minimum standard for the quality of accommodation provided to homeless people and the movement will not accept these inhumane conditions. These minimum standards are focused around the resident’s specific individual needs being met, both when they immediately enter the service, and in the long term.

The Minister’s statements undermining the provision of two new buildings has also raised serious concerns as to the good faith of the agreements made at the negotiation table.

It was agreed that two new buildings, additional to the ones announced by DCC on their website on November 30 2016, were committed to by Coveney in the negotiations, and the minimum standards in Apollo House would be the new benchmark for these two new additional facilities.


Home Sweet Home will, as per the agreement, only leave when the resident’s immediate needs have been met. The needs of the residents as of this evening have not been met, and only when they have been met will the residents and Home Sweet Home be leaving Apollo House.

If you can’t join us at 11am in Dublin there are 7 other national rallies to support the HSH movement Wednesday we call on you to show your support by changing your profile picture to Home Sweet Home or sharing your posts with the hashtag #EndHomelessnessNow #ApolloHouse #HomeSweetHome

The Home Sweet Home campaign would not be possible without all the support we have received from the people of Ireland. This is your campaign as much as it is the campaign of all the residents and volunteers involved in Apollo House.
 
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If another poster here wants to re-post #5 and #6 above on the main Apollo House thread, feel free, I can't because I've been removed, but post #5 answers some questions that posters have been asking.
 

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Bit rich to demand open borders and then complain about a lack of housing.
Who here has ever seen a Muslim immigrant sleeping on the street in Ireland?
Anyone?
 

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1850898021855395/

The #HomeSweetHome campaign has occupied Apollo House and provided accomadation for 40 people over Christmas. The courts have ordered that they vacate the building at noon on the 11th. We will be gathering outside Connolly Hall to show our support with Apollo House.

Support the letter to Michael Noonan at: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/sign-the-open-letter-use-nama-to-end-homelessness

I wish I was a Socialist.

So much free time.
 

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I wish I was a Socialist. So much free time.
In fairness, it's hard for them to save up for a deposit on a house when they're so busy taking part in protests against this and that.
I find it ironic that the leaders of these protests all seem to have comfy homes (3 in the case of the SF leader!) Fortunately, of course, most of the protesting sheep just don't 'get' irony.
 

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In fairness, it's hard for them to save up for a deposit on a house when they're so busy taking part in protests against this and that.
I find it ironic that the leaders of these protests all seem to have comfy homes (3 in the case of the SF leader!) Fortunately, of course, most of the protesting sheep just don't 'get' irony.
I note they have a sign about the famine and homelessness

I think it's terrible that working people can't afford to buy a house now

I think it's terrible working people can hardly afford to rent

I ask myself why, is it because of the famine, when people left the country

Or is it because there are too many people seeking accomodation

Why are there too many people seeking accomodation when young people left in droves

What is the profile if people looking to rent in the centre of Dublin

They don't answer that question and if you don't factor in all the reasons

You can't formulate a solution.
 

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In fairness, it's hard for them to save up for a deposit on a house when they're so busy taking part in protests against this and that.
I find it ironic that the leaders of these protests all seem to have comfy homes (3 in the case of the SF leader!) Fortunately, of course, most of the protesting sheep just don't 'get' irony.
Which SF leader led this protest could you point them out?

I don't have a single home and pay rent which would be higher than a mortgage. I'm never going to get a mortgage though, am I?

There's champagne socialists out there but don't be so presumptuous
 

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Well done Kommunist! Where the government won't, people will.

"We are going to defy this court order. We are staying here. We are staying here for ourselves, for our communities, for our families, for everyone we know who is affected by this crisis because they can’t treat us like fools anymore.”
Rosi Leonard, Home Sweet Home and The Irish Housing Network

Update 11/01/2017

Today in the High Court, Justice Gilligan refused to grant an extension to the Home Sweet Home campaign to allow for the proper vacation of Apollo House. As of 12 ’o clock today, Home Sweet Home are in breach of the court order.
Home Sweet Home is defying the High Court order as the conditions of our vacation have not been met.

Yesterday eight residents returned to Apollo House citing unsuitable conditions in the alternative accommodation offered to them. One resident reported that he was offered a room with blood on the walls and mattress, and syringes on the floor. This is not appropriate accommodation. There are currently ten residents in Apollo House whose demands are being met. We refuse to vacate Apollo House when our residents are not being appropriately accommodated.

There has been ongoing and almost daily engagement with either the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney or Dublin City Council throughout the Home Sweet Home campaign. Last Friday January 6, a team of eight representatives of the Home Sweet Home campaign entered negotiations with the Minister for Housing.

Home Sweet Home spokesperson Freda Mullen-Hughes stated of the campaign:
"This project has always been about respect and dignity and empowering people to help themselves. It is also about changing the parameters of the conversation around the housing crisis and raising standards and expectations. We are in the middle of the biggest housing crisis this state has ever seen and where the state won't intervene, its people will and have done in this mass civil society movement to tackle homelessness."


Out of the negotiations there was an unanimous agreement on the following positions:

1) The occupation of Apollo House is not a long term solution to the needs of any homeless person.

2) The HSH campaign had shone a welcome and necessary light on the plight of homeless people.

3) This is part of a wider housing emergency which the Minister accepted is an emergency and will continue to refer to as a crisis.

4) Significant extra resources have been delivered to address homelessness in Dublin City as a component part of this emergency.

5) These extra resources have helped secure significant improvements in 24 hour bed provision and 6 month minimum cover for emergency cover.

6) Significant extra beds have been provided in recent weeks, and in the following week, as a direct result and response to the HSH campaign.

7) These resources would help address the needs of couples in emergency care which was an area of specific concern to HSH.

8) The Minister formally confirmed that two additional facilities would now be procured focusing on independent living and providing a 'dry' environment.

9) The Minister could immediately assure that residents of Apollo House would be offered alternative accommodation appropriate to their respective and differing short and long terms needs.

10) That, upon these facilities coming available, that Apollo House would be vacated in an orderly fashion with full HSH support and co-operation.

11) That a process of ongoing engagement would continue between Dublin City Council and the HSH campaign, manifest in regularised monthly meetings, to monitor and implement these and any related matters.
However, the above agreements have been undermined by the Minister’s failure to ensure appropriate accommodation for our residents.

Today at 11AM there was a rally in solidarity with the position that Home Sweet Home has been put in by the High Court. Concerned members of the public formed a human chain around the building to express their anger at the government’s reneging on its agreement. Home Sweet Home cannot in good conscience vacate the building when the Government refuses to take the most basic steps in recognising the homeless crisis that exists in this country.

Mr Justice Gilligan stated in the High Court today that the court could “not stand idly by and allow the trespass to continue”. He went on to say that if the situation was “allowed to drag on” this would be “an intolerable situation in a democratic state.”

The current housing crisis/emergency is an intolerable situation, in this democratic state, that sees 140,000 people on Social Housing Waiting lists, 7,000 people officially homeless, 2,000 homeless children and countless hidden homeless sleeping on couches, cars and in overcrowded situations across the country. The occupation must “drag on” to highlight this, and the unacceptable conditions offered to the most vulnerable.

Speaking at the demonstration earlier on today, Home Sweet Home spokesperson Rosi Leonard stated:
“We are going to defy this court order. We are staying here. We are staying here for ourselves, for our communities, for our families, for everyone we know who is affected by this crisis because they can’t treat us like fools anymore.”

The receivers will lodge an attachment of committal tomorrow morning since Home Sweet Home has defied the court order. We will be holding a vigil at 8PM outside Apollo House tonight to show our anger at the High Court’s decision. We call on all supporters to join us outside Apollo House and send a message to the government that we will not be ignored.
 

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Which SF leader led this protest could you point them out?

I don't have a single home and pay rent which would be higher than a mortgage. I'm never going to get a mortgage though, am I?

There's champagne socialists out there but don't be so presumptuous
What is it that makes Liberals and Rightists often so outraged by "Champagne Socialists" and "Caviar Communists"? They also seem to believe that a lot more of both exist than actually do; a LOT more. Do honestly believe that no ordinary working class people are interested in social justice (and I'm using that term in the old fashioned European sense and not in the contemporary American one).
 

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Maybe because the mainstream left in the western world has embarrassed itself so many times over they've a label attached to them that's not shaking
 

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In fairness, it's hard for them to save up for a deposit on a house when they're so busy taking part in protests against this and that.
I find it ironic that the leaders of these protests all seem to have comfy homes (3 in the case of the SF leader!) Fortunately, of course, most of the protesting sheep just don't 'get' irony.

Everyone will get a free house in the great future Socialist nirvana
( a la Home Sweet Home )

And extra dosh added to all the Welfare payments...

All funded by the saps who work for a living.......
 

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Maybe because the mainstream left in the western world has embarrassed itself so many times over they've a label attached to them that's not shaking
My point is that I don't see what is so horrific about being comfortable or even well off and a Socialist or Communist in itself. Since the end of the Cold War and even it the run up to that certainly the mainstream Left in Western Europe became dominated by bourgeois virtue signallers who ran former working class parties into the ground, you are right there, but these people were never actually Socialist as such. This though is a campaign about an extremely pressing need that effects a lot of Irish working class people- it is hardly lesbian dolphins somewhere exotic.
 


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