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Stopping evictions and building homes is only solution to homelessness crisis – Ellis

21 October, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed news that there will be additional emergency accommodation put in place before Christmas but stated that it is not enough and will not solve the homeless crisis. He was responding to an announcement that the government will provide 22 modular units for homeless people before the end of the year.

Deputy Ellis said:

“22 new units will only cater for a very small portion of those currently in hotels and B&Bs. The reality is that homeless figures are rising by the day and the numbers sleeping rough in Dublin have continued at a peak level for the entire year. The only solution is to stop the flow of people into homelessness from private rental homes and to build new social housing homes to deal with demand.

“We welcome any increase in emergency accommodation but it is only a measure to treat the symptoms of the shortage in housing and the high rents that have come as a consequence of that shortage. The government have failed to significantly invest in social housing or to regulate rents to protect tenants and show no sign of any plans to act on these issues in the future.

“We have had 5 years of this government failing to address the housing crisis and this is simply a continuation of that failure. Sinn Féin are calling on the Minister to invest more money in social housing builds by local authorities as we laid out in our costed budget submission. We are also calling on them to look again at rent regulation to protect tenants from homelessness and to raise rent supplement rates in conjunction with this move. For every family that stays in their home, we save thousands of euro a month to provide more housing to move families out of hotels and B&Bs.

“This is the only solution to the crisis.” 

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