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Homes for Ukrainian families 06.03.23

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

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

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. More than 70,000 people have arrived to Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast majority need accommodation.

Under the ‘Offer a Home’ programme, Donegal 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.
To offer a home or for more information, visit www.gov.ie/offerahome .
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 shortly after. The assessment is to ensure the property is habitable and to get some details so it can be matched to the most appropriate person or family.

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 6 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 Ukrainians.

Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, John G McLaughlin said; “The welcome Irish people have shown to those arriving from Ukraine has been exceptional, and we are so thankful to those who have already offered homes. We know that people are very anxious to help where they can so we’re appealing to anybody who has a suitable property and hasn’t been able to offer it before now to please consider getting in touch with us to find out what is involved."

To offer a property or for more information, visit www.gov.ie/offerahome .
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