Minister Kelly must stop the blame game and start working with Dublin City Council- Cllr Doolan
Sinn Féin Dublin city councillor and chair of the council housing SPC Daithí Doolan has called on Minister Kelly to stop playing the blame game and to start working with Dublin City Council in order to tackle the causes of the housing crisis.
Cllr Doolan said:
“The current housing crisis is the result of consecutive Governments starving Dublin City Council of funds to build social housing.
“This resulted in a dependency on the private rental market where a lack of rent control has allowed this sector has become a gateway to homelessness.
“Unprecedented numbers of families are being made homeless simply because they cannot afford spiralling rent increases.
“Dublin City Council and homeless agencies cannot manage the historic numbers presenting as homeless.
“Rent controls must be introduced as a matter of urgency. Rent allowance must also be increased to match the reality of rents in the capital.
“We have twice as many people homeless in July this year than we did in June 2014.
“In July this year 770 adults with 1,185 children were homeless in Dublin while in June 2014 this number stood at 346 adults and 567 children.
“Dublin City Council was expected to spend €55m on homeless services this year. I expect that figure will be nearer to €60m by December.
“Promising Dublin City Council only €37m, the government has left us €18m short in funding these services.
“Meanwhile the Government has failed to release any funding as promised to assist in the speedy turnaround of empty council flats and houses.
“It has yet to release any money for capital funding to assist in the building of social housing.
“Dublin City Council has land for housing but no funding.
“We attempted to be imaginative in how we get homes built on this land, but we also need a commitment from the Government to fund a programme of social housing otherwise the homeless crisis will continue to deepen.”