Minister Kelly must act as homeless crisis reaches catastrophic proportions – Mayor Sarah Holland
Mayor of South Dublin County Sarah Holland has today asked Minister Alan Kelly to open his eyes and look at the devastating effect his lack of decisive action is having on homeless families.
“Not a week has gone by since I was elected where someone hasn’t been on to me about the lack of housing.
“I know of women squeezed into one bedroom with their kids in their parents’ homes, families being split up with Mam on a sofa in one house and Dad on the sofa in another, families sleeping in cars, parents walking the streets all day and sleeping in hostels at night and even heavily pregnant women facing eviction.
“I have had one family contact me where the Dad was suicidal because he felt he couldn’t provide for his family because they were facing eviction and even with full time work could not afford the rent hikes.
“Sinn Féin is on the front line working with families in these situations and we have been warning for well over a year that the crisis had reached catastrophic proportions.
“South Dublin County Council is running out of funds to cover emergency accommodation and every night, there are up to 50 families who cannot even get a place in a hostel.
“This Government’s problem is that it does not prioritise people – these are not statistics, they are human beings – our friends, family and neighbours.
“The problem is by no means confined to certain areas, it is across the board.
“The decision making by Fine Gael and Labour has been appalling. One hundred years ago we had families squeezed into one-room tenements. Now, the tenements have been replaced by hotels which function exactly the same, but which charge the taxpayer €100 per night per family.
“It is time for Minister Kelly to grab the bull by the horns and do something.”