Ireland has high levels of homelessness in its urban areas. Instead of expanding social services or building tiny home encampments, several cities are trying a novel approach.
Local officials are teaching their homeless population how to work as tour guides.
My Streets Ireland empowers people to become walking tour guides by giving them moral support and training. Then visitors can benefit from personal stories and collective knowledge to get to know the city better.
Drogheda has operated this program like this since 2014 successfully. Dublin implemented its program in 2018, and it has paid immediate dividends.
Revenues Are Split Equally for Participants
Organizers provide tourists that want to go on the walking tours of the city. Any revenue generated from selling tickets splits 50/50 between them and the homeless who offer tour guide services.
It is a unique program that benefits Irish cities because it allows people with local knowledge to showcase hidden gems that are often outside of the scope of tourism.
The initiative works to raise awareness of the increasing problems of social insecurity in Ireland. It provides measurable and visible effects that can improve the economy and a person’s way of life while changing attitudes toward those who are homeless.
About 10,000 people are living on Irish streets on any given night.
Tours are available every day to support the employment of the homeless through this program. Visitors can request specific days and times with the organizers of this initiative.
If you are traveling to Emerald Isle shortly, then more information about My Streets Ireland and how to donate or schedule a tour is available through their website.