Homeless man from Cork at 65 after asking if he could move into a vacant council house in his area
At today’s protest against derelict social housing amid a housing crisis, a man from Blackpool explained he was currently homeless at the age of 65, despite the that there are several vacant social housing units in the region where he grew up.
Denis Fitzpatrick says he’s been back and forth to City Hall to ask Cork City Council if they can move into one of Madden’s buildings, empty cottages in Blackpool, or stay anywhere, and he says he “got no help, my name just goes into a computer system.”
“I became homeless in 2019 being on the housing list since 2013 my sister allows me to stay with her in Blackpool but she also has grandchildren and a large family of her own I have friends and family. ‘other family members, a sister in Kerry who I had to go to just to get a bed for the night, “Denis said.
He says he received no help from local authorities.
“The city council is very kind and respectful, but today everything is online and you are only part of an algorithm, I am single with no dependents so it is more difficult for me, but I need of housing just as much as anyone else these houses in Blackpool were always meant for the elderly, I offered to fix one myself if council allowed me but they just say no “said Denis.
Living between the houses and sofas of different people took a toll on Denis, who worked his entire life until recently when his livelihood was affected by the pandemic.
“I have no stability, my possessions are scattered, my life has no routine, I gave up asking for help at the town hall, I wrote letters about the attachment that I ai for Blackpool, my mother was a founding member of the community association, my uncle was the principal of the school, my great aunt owned a store – the sense of community doesn’t seem to matter, ”he said. he declares.
Denis says that at 65, he longs for a place where he can live comfortably for the rest of his life.
“I’m not getting any younger, I’m not an anxious person, but obviously I have anxieties now. I can’t afford to buy a house, I tried to co-mortgage a house with someone but they won’t even look at your house at that age, I don’t feel like I have an option – and we have these empty houses in the area that just need a little bit of work, ”Dennis said.
His sister Breeda, who hosted him and also lived in Blackpool for most of his life, says she saw “big families raised in the buildings of Madden, people with whom I have been to the school, and now people can’t find accommodation here and they just sit around doing nothing. “
Breeda says his brother has become “mostly homeless”, and that he “moves from one of us to the other, he is one of the countless homeless, he is in constant contact with the council and n ‘leads to nothing.
“I am very attached to this because one of these houses here would be ideal for him,” he said.
There was a good show from the people of Blackpool joining in with Murray siblings and TD Mick Barry alongside Councilor Fiona Ryan. They called on the government to provide “homes for the people, not for profit.”