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Cork region sees 22% increase in homeless families in February – Ó Laoghaire

24 March, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

According to the latest figures released by the Department of Housing, there has been an increase of 22% in families presenting as homeless in the South-West region which includes Cork City, Cork County and Kerry.

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his concern at these latest figures, and questioned whether or not Minister for Housing Simon Coveney’s proposals to end homelessness are adequate.

The Cork South-Central TD said;

“The most recent figures are quite worrying, and these increases seem to be consistent nationally. It also begs the question as to whether or not plans to end homelessness by Minister Coveney are backed the ability to do so.

“Despite the efforts of Minister Coveney, the latest increases are indicative that proposals put forward by the Minister are not working.

“Homelessness is being normalised, rather than viewed as a chronic ill of society.

“This in itself is worrying, indeed it is an indictment, and shows a severe lack of action on this front.

“Cork City’s homeless figures are at crisis levels for some time now, and the spiralling numbers of families entering emergency accommodation have services bursting at the seams.

“Major cities and towns require a new radical approach to tackling homelessness. My colleague Eoin Ó Broin TD has outlined many suggestions as to how the Minister could be more proactive.

“Rent certainty is something which could provide families that find themselves in these situations with some relief.

“Additionally, promises to review insolvency thresholds and set up a new Special Mortgages Court sit on the legislative programme six months after they were due to be published. They must be acted on.” 

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