A homeless couple say the new hubs for the homeless are like living in a shoe box, while one charity worker has described them as "concentration camps". Some families are being forced to pay up to 45 euro a week to stay in the hubs, which have been designed to help people move from emergency accommodation into a permanent home.
Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless, who said he "puts the name concentration camp on them", said "people are highly annoyed at the facilities and the way they are being treated".
Tarina Knight lives in a hub in the city centre with her teenage daughter and 30 other families. She says it’s overcrowded, she eats badly and she can’t sleep. Shortly before being interviewed for this piece, the 34-year-old collapsed. After been giving the all clear from emergency services, Tarina explained it’s because of the worry of it all "sheer stress, not sleeping, not being able to eat proper cooked meals".
Her partner David had been living with them but moved out as it was overcrowded. He now sleeps on the streets "it's disgraceful, I feel ashamed of myself even saying it. A junkie tried to rob me with a needle so I had to find a new place to sleep", he explained.
The Department of Housing part says the hubs offer more security and supported temporary accommodation and it’ll work closely with anyone who can’t pay the fee, but Tarina and David believe given the condition of the hubs nobody should have to pay for them.