Community Law & Mediation (“CLM”) yesterday launched a new information leaflet on Homelessness – information for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.
This guide, which was produced by CLM following engagement with advocates working in the area of housing and homelessness, is an information guide which sets out to explain the law in user friendly language. It has been awarded the NALA “Plain English” mark. The information leaflet is a national resource and will be distributed to organisations working in this field across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Caroline Keane, Manager of CLM Limerick, stated
“Every week at our free legal advice clinics, we have people presenting who are homeless or on the brink of losing their homes. They are frightened, overwhelmed, struggling and don’t know what to do. We hope that this information leaflet will be a start point in answering some of their questions, and that the checklist on the leaflet will be a useful resource for people who are in this situation.”
Dr Una Burns, head of Policy & Communications at Novas, speaking at the launch stated
“Novas warmly welcomes the publication of this information leaflet for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. People who experience homelessness can be overwhelmed by their situation and are often unsure where to turn to for support. This leaflet is accessible, readable and a really good resource for those seeking advice and support.”
The launch, hosted by the School of Law at UL, coincided with the delivery of an on-campus workshop for advocates undertaking Ireland’s only online Housing Law & Policy module, delivered jointly by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan of UL and Caroline Keane, of CLM Limerick.
The workshop was well attended and extremely engaging with representatives from Focus, Citizen’s Information, Threshold, Novas and Co-Operative Housing Ireland. Novas is a voluntary organisation and approved housing body which works with families and single adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The workshop focused on housing policy and was followed by a Q&A session with Dr Burns, Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan (School of Law) and Ms Caroline Keane (Solicitor and Manager with Community Law and Mediation).
CLM acknowledge the Community Foundation of Ireland and mylotto24, who kindly sponsored the publication of the leaflet.