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American woman fulfills dream of moving to Donegal after appearing on house hunting show

first_imgCalifornia woman Kelly Patri has fulfilled her dream of moving to the picturesque Irish countryside after finding the perfect cottage just outside Donegal Town.Kelly appeared on the hit US show ‘House Hunters International’ which was broadcast on the American HGTV channel earlier this week.Kelly sold her home and pet care businesses in San Diego to relocate to Donegal, after falling in love with the landscape during a holiday two years ago. Assisted by local friend Maria Murphy and estate agent Keith G. Anderson, Kelly found the vintage Irish cottage of her dreams.After viewing three houses; one in Laghy, one in Ballintra, and one in Disert to the north-west of Donegal Town, Kelly made her big decision.Opting to go for a modernised Disert cottage situated amongst sublime rolling green fields, Kelly is now happily settled and is volunteering at Donegal Donkey Sanctuary.The exterior of Kelly’s gorgeous new home. Picture sourced via House Hunters International“If someone had told me a few years ago that I’d be living in Ireland I never would have believed it. I feel like this house was just made for me and my dogs,” she beamed. Although the house initially didn’t give her the cosy Irish cottage feel she had dreamed of when first viewing the house, she soon put her own stamp on her new home and redecorated it beautifully.Kelly revamped the living room with bright colours and fresh flowers. Picture sourced via House Hunters InternationalPicture sourced via House Hunters International“I’ve found things at different boots sales and antique stores, and now I think this is the cosy cottage!“Maria did want me to be in town and I insisted on being in the country, I didn’t realise it was going to be this far out but I love it out here now. I’ve got a beautiful countryside, I’ve got animals all around me, and I’m also volunteering at Donegal Donkey Sanctuary.“I’m just really enjoying every single day. This was the best thing I ever did in my life.”American woman fulfills dream of moving to Donegal after appearing on house hunting show was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Californiadonegalpropertylast_img read more

Homeless Rights on the Docket of State Legislatures and City Councils

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 21, 2014; Bangor Daily NewsIn 2012, the NPQ Newswire watched as a homeless bill of rights progressed through the Rhode Island legislature on its way to Governor Lincoln Chafee’s desk. The historic legislation prompted us to ask what a homeless bill of rights should contain.The idea of a homeless bill of rights has recently captured the attention and perhaps the imagination of many other localities and states. This month, Duluth, Minnesota passed a homeless bill of rights resolution, though both its sponsor, City Councilor Sharla Gardner, and the executive director of the city’s largest homeless shelter, Lee Stuart with CHUM, referred to the resolution as “symbolic.” In Vermont, state representative Kesha Ram, a Democrat, has introduced a homeless bill of rights bill, and in Hawaii, HB1889, introduced by state senator John Mizuno, another Democrat, would do the same.In the wake of Rhode Island’s bill, Connecticut also passed a homeless bill of rights law last year. In Connecticut, the enumerated rights of the homeless are as follows:Move freely in public spaces, including on public sidewalks, in public parks, on public transportation and in public buildings without harassment or intimidation from law enforcement officers in the same manner as other persons;Have equal opportunities for employment;Receive emergency medical care;Register to vote and to vote;Have personal information protected;Have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her personal property; andReceive equal treatment by state and municipal agencies.The proposed bill of rights in Hawaii contains the same list of rights. Like the homeless bill of rights that was enacted by the state of Illinois last year, the protections accorded the homeless appear to deal with the deprivation of services they face because of the lack of a permanent address. What these bills do not propose, even symbolically, is that the homeless have a right to that which would make them no longer homeless—a right to shelter or a right to housing.Sometimes, you have to wonder what the legislators might be thinking when they propose a homeless bill of rights. The sponsor of the pending Hawaiian legislation, State Senator Mizuno, was also the prime mover behind the state’s “Return to Home” program, designed to give some of the state’s 17,000 homeless one-way tickets out of the state. The theory of Mizuno and others is that it is cheaper for the state to hand out airline tickets to the homeless than to pay for their longer-term needs for housing and services. Mizuno’s ticket scheme might, if it were effective, reduce the numbers of the homeless in Hawaii, but wouldn’t do a thing to get at the causes of their homelessness.Hopefully, these homeless bill of rights initiatives can serve as broad-based mechanisms for educating the public about the conditions faced by homeless persons and for mobilizing advocates for the homeless to press for proven homeless housing programs such as Housing First. –Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more