Donegal’s accommodation pledges for Ukrainian refugees nearly tripled


The number of pledges to the Irish Red Cross for the accommodation of Ukrainian refugees from people in Donegal has almost tripled in just over a month.

The Irish Red Cross said on Wednesday it had received 669 housing pledges from the county, up from 228 on March 10.
Pledges of vacant accommodation account for 226 of Donegal’s offers and there have been 443 pledges of shared accommodation. The number of pledges made nationwide doubled to more than 24,000 during the same period.
Some 21,000 refugees have arrived in the country from Ukraine since the war broke out in late February. About 13,000 are housed in state-provided accommodation, such as hotel rooms.
The Irish Red Cross says it hopes to have contacted everyone in the county who has made housing commitments before the end of the week.

The organization says it has focused on vacant housing pledges in the county and that contact with those who made shared housing pledges began last Friday. Everyone who promised a vacant home should have been contacted by Thursday this week.
A Garda check is required before anyone can accommodate a person under 16 or a vulnerable person. If they do not want to undertake verification, they will be asked if they agree to host adults.
The Defense Forces and a private contact center contacted those who made pledges.
An Irish Red Cross spokesman said there had been an unprecedented response from Donegal to the call for accommodation.
“The generous response from county residents has been very heartwarming,” he said.
“We just ask people to be patient with us. People who have proposed a roommate will be contacted this week.

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