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Government must declare a housing emergency – Ellis

22 June, 2016 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis TD reiterated his call for the government to call a housing emergency as new figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive reveal that 913 families — 1,218 adults and 1,847 children — are homeless in Dublin.

Deputy Ellis said:

“I have called on the government this May to declare an emergency as the situation we have now at this moment is a combination of conditions that are fast overwhelming a good portion of the population. We need solutions now.

“913 families are homeless in Dublin and the situation is not much better across the state with over 2000 children and nearly 4000 adults homeless.

“The government needs to declare a housing emergency and immediately start funding local authorities so they can acquire more vacant homes for much needed social housing. Those in private rented accommodation are struggling with increasing rents.

“The government needs to introduce rent certainty and give these people some breathing space. Also to give these 913 families a chance, a change in rent supplement needs to be made.  That is why we must look beyond the private sector and towards Government and council intervention to provide the long term solution to this crisis.

“We need to build more social houses which in itself will bring down rental prices. Access to affordable, good quality housing is a right not a privilege.”

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