Wicklow County Council issues appeal for vacant properties to house Ukrainian refugees

Wicklow County Council have issued an appeal seeking emergency accommodation and shelter for Ukrainian refugees.

It’s just over two months since Russian’s invasion of Ukraine began and councils across the country including in Wicklow, are seeking housing for Ukrainians who have fled the war.

Wicklow County Council have issued an appeal for “emergency shelter and accommodation facilities” in the county area for refugees.

“Vacant properties are urgently required and can include privately owned, publicly owned, commercial and community facilities,” said a spokesperson.

The council added that the primary focus at this stage is to identify properties that may brought back into use easily and quickly.

People can continue to register their pledges to house Ukrainians via the Red Cross’ website or directly now with the council.

“If you are interested in pledging your property for consideration, please forward details including address and eircode, description of property and owner contact details, including email address to Wicklow County Council by emailing communityforum@wicklowcoco.ie,” the spokesperson concluded.

Earlier this month Bridgewater Shopping Centre in Arklow opened a support hub for Ukrainians seeking essential items.

The hub, which is located in the former food court on level 2, will be open from Monday to Saturday going forward, between the hours of 10am to 6pm.

Ukrainian citizens can seek essential items, such as hygiene products, food, clothing and toys as well as practical advice.

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