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60% increase in homelessness in South Dublin since January – Ó Broin

15 November, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has described the 60% increase in homelessness as ‘shocking but not surprising’. The Dublin Mid-West TD called on Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to increase funding to South Dublin Council to purchase houses to provide homes for those in need. The call comes as the Council confirms that the number of people in the county registered as homeless has increased from 274 in January to 439 in October.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Latest homeless figures from South Dublin County Council show that the housing crisis continues to spiral out of control. The number of people registered as homeless has increased by 60% since January. There are now 439 people officially homeless.

“These figures do not include those who are sofa surfing, over-holding on their private rental accommodation or turned away from the homeless desk in Tallaght. The real homeless figure for the County is considerably higher. 

“There are a number of factors pushing more and more people and families into homelessness. High rents, home repossessions, relationship breakdown are all contributing factors.

“Minister Coveney must take action on these issues to halt the flow of people into homelessness. Introducing rent certainty legislation would put a break on spiralling rents. Introducing a moratorium on house repossessions until a new distressed mortgage regime is in place would reduce the number of evictions. 

“Both of these actions were recommendations of the all-party Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee report earlier this year. Unfortunately Minister Coveney has ignored them both.

“However, the number one cause of homelessness is the lack of housing. The funding allocation from Minister Coveney to South Dublin County Council to purchase homes is not sufficient. There are properties available on the open market as well as those not for sale but not in use.

“Minister Coveney must increase funding to the Council and support them in a more aggressive programme of house acquisition. Failure to do this alongside failure to address the causes of homelessness will result in further increases before the end of the year.” 

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