At an event last year as a guest speaker, I spoke about a “barrier to employment” that took me by surprise back in the late 80’s when I left Secretarial College. I was advised by the FAS office to think about taking the ‘Ballymun’ address off my CV and maybe use a relation's address instead to give myself a better chance at getting an interview. An interview for work experience, I might add considering that we were at almost 17% unemployment at the time. On the bus home from Westmorland Street I was trying to think if I had any Posh Aunties with "nicer address" than mine!
I'd hate to think that prejudices like this still exist today, but can only imagine how it feels for a person who has to put a Hotel, B&B or Emergency Accommodation address on their CV or application form if they are looking for a job!
We'd be interested to hear what other people have to think or if anyone has experienced this very situation.
According to latest figures from the Peter McVerry Trust, the official homeless figures for April show a total of 10,378 people accessed emergency accommodation last month.