We have called on the Government to invest €500 Million in Budget 2015 to help deliver over 3,000 homes to help tackle Ireland’s growing homeless and affordable housing crisis.
We made the call in our Pre-Budget submission as we published new figures which show 45 families became homeless in Dublin alone in September.
Shockingly over 350 families have become homeless so far this year in Dublin – which means at least 10 children have lost their family home every week in 2014.
Our Pre-Budget Submission calls for the Government to immediately raise rent supplement rates on Budget day to stop the rise in the number of families losing their homes as they can’t afford to pay the rent.
Our Director of Advocacy, Mike Allen said: “The simple fact is that Government policy on rent supplement is one of the leading causes of the sharp rise of family homelessness in Ireland. The Government could help many families hold on to their homes with a stroke of a pen on Budget Day next week. Before the local elections earlier this year the Government accepted that homelessness was at a crisis point but we have yet to see the urgent crisis response that is needed. The rent supplement system provides homes for many people but it is also causing some to lose their homes.
He added: “It is not credible for the Government to accept the situation is at ‘crisis point’ but yet not change its policy on this key trigger of homelessness.”
Changes to petrol prices or VAT are usually made with immediate effect on Budget Day so surely a move to keep families in their homes and stop them becoming homeless can be done in a similar way.
The government has previously warned that a rise in rent supplement would make the housing situation worse by driving up market rents. However, the State could bring in some form of short-term rent regulation to prevent this from happening.
Rent regulation would also provide greater security for families and people living in private rented accommodation.
Our Pre-Budget Submission can be read here: http://bit.ly/1pi4Y4i
about an hour ago #IrishWater #WaterCharges #Oct11
Few photos from Clanbrassil Street, Dublin. Irish Water moved in early this morning with a large group of contractors (including the infamous ‘Brian’ who had previously made a name from himself in Edenmore). Following a few phone calls residents and nearby political activists mounted an effective protest, blockading Irish Water vehicles into a cul de sac and disrupting works. Following a couple of hours of a standoff Irish Water back-filled holes, screwed down manhole covers and then left the area. Resistance is Fertile and Resistance is Spreading! #IrishWaterResistance #JoinTheFightBack
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