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Safe Home Ireland


Karen McHugh, CEO Safehome Ireland:
Safe Home Ireland was set up as a Pilot Project in January 2000 by a local GP and our current Chairperson, Dr. Jerry Cowley. At that time, as a rural GP and Chairman of a Voluntary Housing scheme based in Mulranny, a number of people enquired about the possibility of their elderly relatives returning home to live in their native area. Publicity around the Pilot Project increased with queries coming from all over the world, highlighting the demand and need for a separate organisation. Successful campaigning and support from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade ensured that Safe Home was registered as an Organisation in its own right in 2002.

Over the years, Safe Home Ireland has evolved from simply providing a housing option for older Irish born emigrants. Alongside this role, we now provide an information and advisory service for anyone considering a move to Ireland and we offer support for those who having moved back, require assistance.

Safehome assist qualifying* (per criteria below) older Irish born emigrants to return to secure accommodation in Ireland. We liaise with Housing Associations in Ireland to explore appropriate secure housing options for qualifying older Irish emigrants seeking to return to social housing.

Qualifying Criteria:

    Older Irish born emigrants living abroad
    Aged 57 Yrs +
    Capable of Independent living
    Living in rented accommodation abroad and unable to provide accommodation for themselves (from their own income/savings) on return to Ireland.



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