Through the Cracks.
A short documentary, by Ingrid Casey, which was launched at the Inspire Gallerie on Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, yesterday evening.
Through the Cracks explores the experiences of three different mothers and their children who are now living in emergency accommodation.
The most recent figures show, in the final week of June, there were 6,048 adults, 3,824 children and 1,754 families living in emergency accommodation.
Of these 1,754 families, 1,081 are single-parent families.
At last night’s launch, one mother, who lives in a ‘family hub’ with her two children after her landlord sold the house she was renting last September, told those at the launch that her eight-year-old child had battled suicidal thoughts and that she had to confiscate robes and ligatures for her child’s protection.
Another mother, who lives in a separate accommodation centre and who was previously homeless at the age of 13, battles with similar thoughts and worries about her own son’s mental health.
The documentary was launched in tandem with an Uplift petition for a People’s Housing Plan which can be signed here
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