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Call for vacant properties in Waterford to house Ukrainian refugees

A fresh call is going out for unoccupied homes in Waterford to help accommodate those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

It comes as today marks exactly nine months since Russia invaded.

To date, more than 900 Ukrainian refugees have been taken into centres set up in Waterford, and 693 of those have now been provided with accommodation around the city and county.

There are currently over 700 people living in the county between 127 different properties.

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Noeleen Osborne is the Ukrainian Rest Centre and Inspections Coordinator for Waterford.

She outlines that what they're looking for now are vacant properties that nobody is living in right now

"It could be a holiday home, an apartment, a granny flat, a mobile home, anything that is in livable condition," Noeleen said.

€800 in a tax-free recognition payment is being offered to anyone whose property ends up being used.

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Within five working days, someone will be in touch in relation to the property, and within ten, an inspector will be sent to look at it.

Following this and a review of the families in need, a decision will be made as to whether your property will be used.

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