Sonas to be­come a home­less hub

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE build­ing in Wick­low town which cur­rently houses Sonas will be­come a hub for home­less fam­i­lies once the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence char­ity phases out its sup­port ser­vice.

In July Sonas an­nounced that it would be phas­ing out the ser­vice pro­vided to women and chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic abuse by early to mid-2019. The ser­vice first opened five years ago and the build­ing was pro­vided to Sonas through a lo­cal author­ity CAS mort­gage so the build­ing re­verts back to Wick­low County Coun­cil.

It was con­firmed at Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil that the build­ing will be­come a home­less fam­ily hub once Sonas move out.

Cllr Joe Be­han said: ‘The home­less hub is to be wel­comed but with that change of sta­tus, we will lose our women’s refuge. Now there will only be one op­er­at­ing in Bray. We need to look into es­tab­lish­ing a sec­ond, or maybe even a third refuge for women suf­fer­ing from phys­i­cal abuse. We need ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties’.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Frank Cur­ran said he was pleased the build­ing would re­main in use and agreed to look into what other ser­vices could be pro­vided for vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

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