O’Brien calls for accommodation issues for those with addiction issues be addressed
Speaking in the Dáil on the issue of homelessness, Sinn Féin Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called upon the government to address the issues facing those with addiction issues in accessing stable accommodation.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“The government’s announcement of extra emergency beds is welcome but they need to address the issues facing the cohort of people suffering with drug addiction issues.
“I know many people, some of whom have been heroin addicts, who have worked very hard to get their lives back on track, including going to rehab and making tough decisions.
“One of the issues they face on leaving rehab and attempting to get their lives back on track, is that they come out and they have nowhere to go but to a homeless shelter where the temptation of drugs is under their nose every day.
“I know one person in that position who eventually got rent allowance but the only place that would accept that rent allowance was 30 miles away from their case worker and treatment centre, so they had to make the decision between secure accommodation and being close to other supports.
“While the extra beds are welcome, we need to ensure that people who come out of rehab centres have suitable affordable accommodation.
“It is absolutely essential the government addresses this.”