A homeless man in Bray who featured in a news video watched 55,000 times in a couple of days has now been offered emergency accommodation by Wicklow County Council
The man, named Michael, will now not spend Christmas sleeping rough. His story is to be featured in a forthcoming documentary about homelessness in Ireland.
He told Gript:
“One of the producers of the documentary showed the video to a local councillor who advocated for me with the homeless section of the council. Within 24 hours of the video going out, the council contacted me with an offer of emergency accomodation.”
“I would like to thank the producers of Tealady Media and Gript Media for highlighting my story. I’d also like to thank the many people who have reached out with offers of support and donations.”
The crowdfunding organized by Tealady Media exceeded it’s goal for the documentary soon after the video was published by Gript.
“Many people contacted the organisers with offers of help, including a local person who offered to clear out a storage area and provide light and heat so Michael wouldn’t be out in the cold and a local lady who offered a room in her home to help Michael. 100% of the funds donated will go directly to local homeless people,” the media company said.
Michael added: “It’s just a shame that I had to go public to get some help, I had been trying for many months calling and emailing the council and politicians and was getting nowhere only for a place to be found within a day of the video going out”.
On the bigger issue of the homeless crisis Michael said
“There are many thousands like me, they are living in The “hidden homeless” living in desperate conditions. Many work full time, are living in cars, sleeping in tents, some are sleeping on couches but it seems all their appeals for help are being ignored.”!
The documentary covering Michael and others’ story “Don’t Look Away” will be released in 2023.