JUST ANOTHER DAY IN SHELTERED HOUSING
by louis walsh
It is 2:30 in the afternoon and I am sitting in my flat like most tenants. The Day Centre/Common Room is empty so in theory I could go in there but for what purpose ? There are computers in there that no one uses ( apart from the bullies that is ). There is a large snooker table which is likewise used by the bullies or their friends and various other people who don’t live here and there are several bingo tables which are used exclusively by even more people who also don’t live in Cambridge Court. Apart from all that the place is just not nice to be in at any time. ‘Just another day in sheltered housing. Another empty miserable day with nothing for tenants to do. And if some tenants were pushed too far , decided to change all that ……..well , they would very soon be put in their place. The Gardai and Dubllin City Council are there to see that things stay just as they are. It may not suit the tenants -it might not be in the interest of tenants but what has that got to do with it ?
Tomorrow night the kitchen in the Day Centre will be opened , the cups laid out , the tea prepared but not for tenants. No the tenants will be in their flats while yet another gang of people who don’t live here take over the place for the night. This is sheltered housing. The tenants will be one day older and one day closer to their graves , one more empty miserable meaningless day but not to worry this suits the powers that be. They are more than happy as are the bullies. The non-tenants who take full advantage of this situation are also quite happy. This kind of thing is happening every day of the week in sheltered housing units and old peoples homes but as long as everyone is happy who cares.