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Rental Accommodation Scheme will not solve homeless Crisis –Councillor Denise Mitchell

9 December, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Beaumont Donaghmede Councillor Denise Mitchell and General election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said that the Government's grand plan for housing assistance payments to solve the housing crisis is simply not working.

Speaking from Darndale this morning she said,

“The main reason families are becoming homeless is because landlords are selling up or increasing rents beyond the means of many families.

The private rental market has become a gateway to homelessness over the last number of years.

Every effort has been made by Dublin City Council to encourage landlords to enter in the Rental Accomodation Scheme (RAS) and while there have been some successes there has also been many losses.

To date in 2015, 110 landlords have entered in RAS agreements with Dublin City Council; however 120 landlords have withdrawn or not renewed their properties. 

Many of these 120 families have ended up in homeless services. “

She further added,

“By 2017, The Government is looking for an addition 3,000 properties in Dublin to cater for the growing homeless crisis and those also on the housing list.  

This is a drop in the ocean and not only that but they expect the vast majority of them to come through the private rental market. 

As seen by the RAS figures in 2015, this is simply not going to happen. 

If elected to Government Sinn Féin proposes to build 36,500 additional social and affordable homes before 2021. 

We will also provide Rent Certainty by index linking rent increases and decreases to the Consumer Price index.

Measures like these will ensure that no family is left without a roof over their head.

Unfortunately that has become the legacy of this government over the last five years

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