A Naas woman was forced to beg for a floor to sleep in last night by calling door to door, in a desperate effort to avoid the lonely streets.
The homeless woman, in her mid fifties, had been turned from several doors, before being transported to Naas Garda Station, where she had slept the previous night. It is reported that the lady was well- mannered at all times, but seems to be struggling with ongoing depression, and claims she can't afford the necessary anti-depressants.
St Vincent de Paul in Naas were contacted by Naas Gardaí.
Speaking to KildareNow, Naas man & volunteer with St Vincent de Paul, Peter O'Byrne, confirmed that the separated mother of adult children, had nowhere to sleep last night, except an empty building, with just a curtain to keep her warm. The woman slept on the floor, with some cushions under her.
She laid on cushions on the floor overnight, at Our Lady of Lourdes building, in Naas town, owned by St Vincent de Paul. Mr O'Byrne says that the building, with two apartments, currently unfurnished, is in urgent need of renovations. There is a bathroom and running water in the building. It is understood that the Head Quarters for St Vincent de Paul wish to sell off the building while the local branch want to retain it and develop it for accommodation to assist the homeless. It is now being used as a temporary emergency measure to assist the homeless but as Mr O'Byrne stresses, 'it is not fit for purpose and needs to be renovated.'
He said: "She was one of the lucky ones last night.There are a lot of men in Naas sleeping in vacant buildings. It could be you me, or your next-door- neighbour. There are no options for private rental accommodation."
Meanwhile, St Vincent de Paul, are now urgently appealing to the 'Christian community of Naas' to offer a single mother of two young children, rental accommodation.
The woman has been granted the Housing Assistance Programme, which is essentially rent supplement, but has been unable to get a place to live in for her and her daughters, aged 11 and four.
The woman and two girls are now staying at a B&B in Newbridge.
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