Prefab homes revealed as possible solution for Dublin’s homeless crisis
Six different styles of prefab home have been revealed which could be made available for the 607 families with 1,275 children who are currently homeless in Dublin.
The prefabs were yesterday on show at a site on the East Wall road, but the Homeless Executive was not prepared to outline the potential sites they have examined around the greater Dublin area which are being considered for these projects.
The two-bedroom homes on display are designed for a family of five, costing €35,000 - €80,000 to install.
If a rough average of €60,000 per two-bed unit was taken, councils could have bought 75 of these homes for the money spent on hotels alone in the first six months of this year (€4.5 million), and they could potentially still have them as fully functioning homes for the next 20-30 years and still make use of them at the end of that time.
Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) said the houses can be easily and quickly replaced and possibly altered for other uses, such as student accommodation.
These modern units are all built to modern housing standards and are fully insulated.