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Minister Coveney begins rowing back on July target for Homeless families – Ó Broin

7 April, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused Minister Coveney of “rowing back” on the commitment he made to ensure that hotels would no longer be used to house homeless families by July 2017.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Yesterday during questions to the Minister in the Dáil, I asked Minister Coveney to provide a timeline as how his Department in tandem with the four Dublin local authorities plans to move the 850 families in hotel rooms into more suitable accommodation.

“The Minister stated that some families would be accommodated in rapid builds, some via HAP tenancies, some via Homeless HAP, some in traditional social housing and others in family hubs. 

“In relation to the use of family hubs, I specifically asked him if there were plans by his Department to re-designate unsuitable hotels as family hubs. The Minister did not answer my question, which is worrying as a lot of homeless families just need a home. They do not need to live in fully supported accommodation or ‘transition centres’.

“No one should have to live in an emergency accommodation for more than six months. The Minister needs to provide timeliness as to how he is going to meet his July target. How many families does he plan to move out of emergency accommodation this month and the month after?

“I am asking the Minister to provide this information to Housing Committee as soon as possible. We fully support the Minister’s aspiration but we need to see what action is being taken and if the Department is putting in place the best solutions for these families.” 

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