New CLM Legal Service: Are you a Traveller experiencing accommodation difficulties?
Community Law & Mediation has launched free legal advice clinics on accommodation issues specifically for members of the Traveller community.
We are supporting Travellers with free legal advice on issues relating to accommodation, such as but not limited to, access to social housing, access to emergency accommodation and discrimination in accommodation matters.
Why has CLM created free legal advice clinics on accommodation issues for Travellers:
In our work as an independent law centre, we see a huge unmet need for legal advice for members of the Traveller community in accommodation issues.
The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM) has described the accommodation situation as an “accommodation crisis”. Travellers face specific challenges in accessing appropriate, quality and sustainable accommodation, as well as challenges in obtaining reasonable loans to cover the costs of accommodation and other essential living expenses. Issues with poor accommodation intersect with other areas of life, such as, health, education, employment, mental health and opportunity for social inclusion. Furthermore, Travellers experience both day-to-day and systemic discrimination, based on their identity, in trying to access accommodation.
These free legal advice clinics aim to give meaningful access to justice for Travellers through providing legal advice around accommodation issues.
When are the clinics taking place:
Our first clinic will be held on the 17th of August 2023, with appointments taking place between 11am and 1pm. We will update this page with further information when our next clinic dates are released.
Each appointment is 40 minutes long. You are welcome to bring a friend, family member and/ or advocate with you to the appointment.
How to book into the free legal advice clinics:
To book into these clinics, you must contact us in advance of the clinic date. You can contact us:
- By phone on 01 847 7804;
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- By dropping into our office at Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock