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Crowe calls for Government action on Housing Crisis

2 December, 2015 - by Seán Crowe TD

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe, has called on the Government to wake up to the housing and to support Sinn Féin’s positive proposals for rent certainty.

Deputy Crowe was speaking during a debate in the Dáil on Sinn Féin’s Rent Certainty and Prevention of Homelessness Bill.

Deputy Crowe said:

“We are facing one of the biggest housing crises in the history of this State.

“5000 men, women, and children trapped in emergency accommodation with no realistic hope of a home anytime soon.  

“Homelessness has increased by 80%, the number of children who are homeless has doubled, and 73 new families became homeless last month. In Dublin alone there are an estimated 1,500 children in emergency accommodation.

“This is not a Government failure according to the Taoiseach. The lack of house building is supposedly nothing to do with the Government and county managers are the problem, and there is a bed for every homeless person if they want it, he claims.

“Meanwhile the human tragedy continues with more and more families and individuals becoming homeless.  More and more families and individuals waiting longer and longer for accommodation and a place to call home.

“Look around the doorways of Dublin city today and you will see the extent of homelessness.

“I was recently made aware of a case of a man who became homeless with his two kids. Walking the streets during the day and his family slept in the departure lounge of Dublin Airport at night, telling officials that they were going away on a family holiday. He is now in rented accommodation in Cork.

“Rent certainty is the minimum that Sinn Féin wants. In Government we are committed to introducing strong rental regulations. We introduced this Bill because we feel it is a moderate proposal and believe the Government has no rational excuse to oppose it.

“Preventing someone from becoming homeless is the most sensible approach to tackling homelessness and we need measures to house people already made homelessness. Housing supply is the key to solving this problem.

“Government inaction has created this multifaceted housing crisis and our Bill increases and priorities preventative measures.

“There is no single solution to the current emergency, it needs short term emergency action, and medium/long term actions to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.

“An important first step would be for the Government to accept there is a crisis, acknowledge the scale of the problem and to support this Bill.” 

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