Red Cross seeking pledges for vacant properties and spare rooms for Ukrainian refugees

The Irish Red Cross has launched a new website which allows people to pledge their support to help house Ukrainian refugees.

Approximately 2,200 Ukrainians have arrived so far in Ireland, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began last month.

A new website set up by the Irish Red Cross allows people who have vacant properties or spare rooms to pledge their support in an effort to house the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

“Your spare room or vacant property could change a life,” said the charity. “We are seeking spare rooms and vacant property pledges so that we can help people arriving in Ireland integrate in our communities.”

When a pledge is registered, the Irish Red Cross said they “always consider the best interests of hosts and their communities, and the best interests of the people we are serving”.

There has been a huge surge in support for Ukrainians from the Irish, according to the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Roderic O’Gorman said the Government was looking at increasing its hotel accommodation capacity in the short term to house families from Ukraine.

Communities throughout Co Wicklow are organising donation drop-off points for necessities to send to help refugees who are fleeing Ukraine.

::The Irish Red Cross’ website can be accessed here

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