Optimism That Clare’s First Homeless Hub Can Open This Month As Planned

The operators of Clare’s first family hub have expressed hope that it will open by the end of this month, as planned.

That’s despite confirmation by Clare County Council that it anticipates a later opening date for the Ennis facility.


The new homeless hub, which will be delivered by Clare County Council was originally expected to open by the end of 2018, but the opening date was later pushed back by six months.

The local authority has since confirmed that building contractors will have vacated the premises in the coming weeks, and that the handover, including furnishing and fit-out, will be completed by the second week of July.

But Novas, who will manage the facility are optimistic that the hub can come on stream ahead of that date.

Their Head of Policy and Communications is Una Burns.

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show that 74 adults were homeless across the county last month, while local authority figures have revealed that 50 children were being housed in emergency accommodation in April.

The Chair of Clare County Council’s Committee with responsibility for Housing, believes more facilities of this kind should come on stream in the future.

Shannon Independent Councillor Gerry Flynn says the Council is facing a tsunami of homelessness and that homeless hubs have a purpose at this juncture.