Concerns over Westside homeless ‘ghetto’

The former Corrib Haven B&B in Newcastle: set to be transformed into a hub for homeless families.

Galway City Tribune – Residents in Newcastle and Westside, particularly the elderly, fear the area is being ‘ghettoised’ as a location for homeless.

Labour Party Councillor Billy Cameron made the claim at the latest meeting of the local authority, where the housing and homeless crisis was discussed.

Cllr Cameron previously issued a statement welcoming Galway City Council’s acquisition of a guesthouse in Newcastle – Corrib Haven B&B – to provide a home to a dozen homeless families.

In the statement, Cllr Cameron said the people of the area would welcome the families who will move into the ‘Family Hub’. The Council’s ‘Cold Weather Response’ beds are also in Westside.

Speaking at the latest meeting, Cllr Cameron reiterated his support for the facilities, but he voiced the concerns of some locals.

“People fear we’re ghettoising homeless to one area,” he said, adding that there “needs to be an equal distribution” across the city.

He added: “The fear is out there that the area is being ghettoised. Elderly people especially.”
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