Families in Swords, and across Fingal, have come forward to help with the recent wave of people displace by the war in Ukraine.
Some 379 properties have been pledged to help Ukranians in Fingal, as of July 14th.
Of those 311 are rooms within a home where the people will live with the family. This information was made available in a briefing to councillors this week.
Commenting on this Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It is terribly sad to see yet more people having to flee the war in Ukraine. It’s not what any of us wanted to see. I am heartened however to see the community in Swords and across Fingal respond yet again when called upon to help.
“The people who give up their home for others are giving those fleeing the war a lifeline at the most difficult time in their lives. There is not a lot that we can do here to bring this terrible war to an end but we can help those who need it. I’m proud that people in Fingal are playing their part.”
Fingal County Council are currently working to ensure those properties are suitable and that Garda vetting is completed, where children or vulnerable adults are being placed.
In addition to the places being offered by the public, Fingal County Council have also sourced temporary additional accomodation for 172 people. This comes on top of the hotel and B&B accomodation which has been sourced directly by the Department of Children in the Fingal area.
The Council has also set up a Community Response Forum, involving state agencies and community and voluntary groups, to help meet the social and practical needs of displaced persons and to help them integrate into the local community. The Council has assigned two Community Officers to work directly with those Ukrainians currently based in Fingal.