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Ó Snodaigh seeks to broaden definition of homelessness

25 June, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáíl this afternoon Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD sought to amend the Housing Miscellaneous Provisions Bill to broaden the definition of homelessness to include people sleeping rough, people threatened with eviction or suffering domestic violence and those in inadequate housing.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The 1988 Housing Act provided a legal definition of homelessness for the first time, however, it is insufficient and narrow and restricts the definition of homelessness. It also does not place any legal obligation on the local authority to provide services for those who the authority has defined as homeless.

“The European Federation of National Organisations FEANTSA has developed a definition of homelessness which we need to include in our legislation if we are to make it human rights compliant and this is what the Sinn Fein amendment attempts to do.

“ETHOS is a “home” based definition that classifies homeless people according to their living situation and includes rough sleepers, people threatened with eviction or suffering domestic violence, or those in inadequate housing. This approach ensures that this inclusive definition would protect those who are the most vulnerable in our society.” ENDS

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