Single fathers not a priority on housing list- Cllr Carney Boud
Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has asked Dublin City Council to clarify its position on bedroom size allocation for single parents who share custody of their children – particularly in relation to fathers.
Speaking today Cllr Carney Boud said:
“I have noticed an increase in the number of single fathers have come to me stating they are unable to secure overnight visitation rights because they have no bedroom for the children to sleep in.”
Councillor Carney Boud continued:
“I put a question to the Council Chief Executive requesting a breakdown of the numbers of single parents on the housing waiting list who have declared their need for provision of bedrooms for their children.”
“The CEO confirmed that due to high demand for housing, it is not possible to consider all applicants with children for two bed accommodation. It was also confirmed that applicants are assessed on a case by case basis.”
“This city is experiencing a major housing crisis, that is affecting every strand of society, but I am deeply concerned for those who are struggling to maintain visitation rights who are not being assessed adequately for their housing need”
"Essentially, these fathers will never be housed before their children grow up, sitting on a list for 1-bed homes where there simply are no 1-bed homes (other than senior citizens complexes) ultimately denying them their rights to access of their children"
“I suspect that this is only the surface of a deeper problem. I have not yet received a breakdown of all those on the list and I will continue to pursue this matter in order to understand the full scale of the problem.”