OVER 1,500 Ukrainians with addresses in Waterford have registered with the Department of Social Protection to date, Waterford City and County Council has confirmed.
Outside of private arrangements and pledged accommodation, there are two main accommodation providers in Waterford, the International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS) and Waterford City and County Council, which runs four short-term rest centres – one in Dungarvan and three in the city.
In a statement issued to the Waterford News & Star, a spokesperson for Waterford Council said, “To date, Waterford City and County Council has taken in 910 Ukrainians through the rest centres, with 831 exits from those centres, of which 704 have been matched with pledged and other sourced accommodation. This 704 is made up of 468 adults and 236 children.
“Waterford City and County Council continues to work in collaboration with other key agencies to provide support and services to all Ukrainian refugees arriving in Waterford, and works with the Ukrainians and pledged accommodation owners to match families with pledged accommodation throughout our communities.”
Meanwhile, a Departmental spokesperson stated that as of Friday last 828 beneficiaries of temporary protection were being accommodated in Waterford.
However, it was noted that the figure provided is fluid due to the high number of arrivals into the country and the number of parties involved in reporting.
Waterford City and County Council is actively seeking vacant and shared accommodation for Ukrainian refugees and any queries in relation to same should be sent to [email protected] or 058 22059.