Appeal for Roscommon properties to house Ukrainian refugees

Currently about 618 Ukrainian refugees in Roscommon

Roscommon County Council is now appealing to people who have unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

Last Thursday’s meeting of Roscommon County Council was told that there are currently about 618 Ukrainian refugees located in Roscommon.

The call is part of a new government initiative, led by local authorities, to make use of unoccupied houses, apartments or holiday homes to house Ukrainian people and families.

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. This payment rate applies from 1st of December 2022. More than 60,000 people have arrived to Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast majority need accommodation.

Roscommon County Council will take offers of houses, apartments or holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use by Ukrainian people and families.

Those who offer a property can expect to be contacted by the local authority within five working days of making their offer and an assessment of the property will be carried out by the local authority shortly after. This is a call for stand-alone properties that are not occupied by others. Properties should be in liveable condition and, ideally, available for at least six months.

While rent will not be payable to those who offer properties, a tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available from the Department of Social Protection to those who offer accommodation to Ukrainian people in need of housing.

Appealing to the people of Roscommon to offer unused properties, Director of Services with Roscommon County Council Fiona Ni Chuinn said: “Irish people have shown incredible support for the people of Ukraine. We know that people are very anxious to help where they can so we’re appealing to anybody who has a house, apartment, or holiday home that they’re not using at the moment to consider offering it to those who need shelter and safety from war.

“We understand that it can be daunting to offer a property to someone you don’t know. That is why local authorities will work with you throughout the process and be there to offer support while your property is being used”.

To offer a property or for more information, visit offerahome.ie. Further information can also be received by contacting the Ukraine Response Support Team, of Roscommon County Council on 090 6637100 or by emailing ukrainercc@roscommoncoco.ie