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Overcrowding ‘a Hidden Epidemic’ – Holland

13 December, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

Sinn Féin Cllr Sarah Holland has again raised the issue of overcrowding in homes across South Dublin County, with sofa-surfing and separated families an under reported area of the ongoing housing crisis.

Some parents have to sleep in different houses with friends and family whilst kids are sometimes bunked into several different homes, to avoid having to sleep in hostels or hotels.

Cllr Holland raised the question at South Dublin County Council about families who wanted to put mobile homes into their gardens in order to alleviate overcrowding.  The council management response was that caravans and mobile homes are not referred to in planning laws as habitable dwellings.

Speaking after the monthly Council meeting, Cllr Holland said

“Families have come to me asking whether it is possible to have caravans or mobile homes in their gardens to ease the overcrowding.

“Council have said that gardens are not meant for human habitation – neither are the proliferation of tents and sleeping bags in our parks and doorways.

“Some homes have three generations of families squeezed into every nook and cranny, and with housing in such short supply, they are becoming desperate.

“There is a severe shortage of private rented accommodation with just 9 properties in Dublin 14 and 16 under €1500 with 2 beds or more, and none within the rent supplement range, or the HAP range.

“The Government strategy is relying too heavily on the private market and this strategy is failing utterly.

“I call again for a large scale social housing build; there are nearly 10,000 waiting on homes in South Dublin and the projects in the pipeline are a drop in the ocean.” 

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