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Ireland Homeless charity to launch app that allows reporting of empty homes and buildings

19:22  07 march  2018
19:22  07 march  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Reusing Dublin, as the app is named, will be launched today in the capital.

The app, the brainchild of homelessness charity the Peter McVerry Trust in conjunction with Dublin-based social enterprise Space Engagers (Reusing Dublin is really a sub-function of the Space Engagers app itself), aims to combat the issue of vacant properties sitting unused in the face of a national supply crisis.

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Space Engagers’ co-founder Philip Crowe said that “locals know their communities better than anyone else”, adding that “this local knowledge can play a key role in turning empty buildings back into homes”.

a screenshot of a cell phone: The Reusing Dublin interface on Android © Provided by Journal.ie The Reusing Dublin interface on Android Reusing Dublin functions by allowing users to mark vacant buildings per their own knowledge, information that is then logged to an online database, which will be open to viewing by the public via the project’s website here (buildings can also be marked online via the website).

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“We see empty buildings as spaces with the potential to transform the lives of people impacted by homelessness in Dublin,” said Francis Doherty of the Peter McVerry Trust.

We’ve been working on empty and derelict buildings for a few years now, and we know from this experience that we can create high quality homes much faster and cheaper than traditional new build construction.

“The Reusing Dublin project is something that we hope will encourage members of the public to share their knowledge of their community and city by logging empty buildings. The more empty buildings we can identify and reuse, the more homes we can provide to people impacted by homelessness in Dublin,” he added.

Reusing Dublin can be used via the on the Space Engagers app, available for free download on both iOS and Android. The Reusing Dublin website, meanwhile, can be found here


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