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The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to officially open Cork City Council’s €2.1 million supported student accommodation service

Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, will officially open the €2.1 million Cork City Council supported student accommodation service, Bishopsgrove at 12 midday today.

Bishopsgrove is made up of 39 modern and secure purpose built accommodation units close to Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).
The project allows young people who progressed well in homeless services or who are at risk of homelessness to avail of third level education. 

Director of Housing and Community, Valerie O’Sullivan said: “This collaborative project between the Cork Foyer, TUSLA and Focus Ireland is the first model of its kind in Ireland and is helping to reduce homelessness and housing instability among young people and those leaving care”. Each student has access to a key/social worker to support them from the day they move in until their successful resettlement during or after their studies.

Bishopsgrove is a sister service to the Cork Foyer at Blackpool which provides transitional accommodation and training to people, aged 18-25, who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.The Minister will also visit Phase 1 b of the North West Quarter Regeneration Project at Knocknaheeny which is nearing completion and will see 29 new homes come on stream.

Minister Murphy will also ‘turn the sod’ at another new Cork City Council social housing development at Gerald Griffin Street in Blackpool consisting of 42 units including a community facility.




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