Thousands of Ukrainian refugees could be left with nowhere to live in just over six weeks, according to a new report.
Senior ministers on the Cabinet sub-committee on Ukraine are meeting this morning to discuss the worsening housing situation.
It comes after a report from consultants EY found that around 3,400 Ukrainians could be left without accommodation when the Government’s contracts with hotels expire on July 28th.
There are also concerns that around 4,500 student accommodation beds currently being used to house refugees will have to be vacated by the middle of August.
The Irish Independent reports that the EY report is based on 250 people arriving to Ireland from Ukraine every day.
It said the modelling also suggests that even if 150 people arrive here every day, there could be between 5,700 and 6,900 Ukrainians with nowhere to live by the end of August.
In response, the Government is hoping to bring 6,000 pledges of private accommodation on-stream by the end of the summer.
The Irish Red Cross has been attempting to match refugees with the thousands of pledges that came through at the start of the war.
Around 25,000 pledges were made through the Red Cross portal; however, over 15,000 have fallen through.
Around 900 vacant properties have been inspected and Gardaí are currently carrying out vetting on around 1,000 people who offered shared accommodation.