Homeless charity Depaul says that since the start of the pandemic last March to the end of last month (August), the organisation helped source accommodation for 13 people who were living in the Old Convent direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis to move. The number included 8 adults, 5 children and 3 families.
During the same period the charity helped 256 people move on from Direct Provision centres across seven counties in Ireland.
Working exclusively with people who have been granted legal status to remain in Ireland the charity has revealed it had to change the way it supports families and individuals during Covid-19. Case workers had been linking in with families and individuals remotely since March however, with restrictions easing face-to-face contact has resumed.