Wicklow County Council appeals for vacant properties to house Ukrainian refugees
Wicklow County Council has issued an appeal for emergency accommodation and shelter for Ukrainian refugees.
It’s been just over two months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began and councils across the country, including in Wicklow, are looking for homes for Ukrainians who have fled the war.
Wicklow County Council has appealed for “emergency shelter and accommodation facilities” in the county area for refugees.
“Vacant properties are urgently needed and may include private, public, commercial and community facilities,” a spokesperson said.
The council added that the main objective at this stage is to identify properties that can be brought back into service easily and quickly.
People can continue to register their housing pledges for Ukrainians through the Red Cross website or directly with the council.
“If you are interested in pledging your property for consideration please forward details including address and eircode, property description and owner contact details including email address to the council of County Wicklow by emailing [email protected],” the spokesperson concluded.
Earlier this month, the Bridgewater Shopping Center in Arklow opened a help desk for Ukrainians looking for essentials.
The hub, located in the former food court on level 2, will now be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Citizens of Ukraine can request essential items, such as hygiene products, food, clothes and toys, as well as practical advice.