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Dublin's homeless figures continue to spiral

24 April, 2017 - by Daithí Doolan

Figures presented today at Dublin City Council’s housing committee have shown an increase in the number of homeless families in Dublin.

Speaking today Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chairperson of Dublin City Council housing committee said:

“Today’s figures are a sad and damning indictment on the failed housing  policies of the current government. The numbers of homeless families continue to spiral out of control. There are now 1,055 families homeless in Dublin. This includes 2,129 children. That is an increase of 48 families since the previous month. Dispute Minister Coveney’s huffing and puffing Dublin continues to slip deeper and deeper in to a housing crisis.

“The crisis is totally of the government’s making. The seeds for the crisis were sown years ago and cynically nurtured by consecutive governments who slashed funding for council housing and forced families in to the private rented sector.

“Minister Coveney, in an attempt to garner votes in his bid to become leader of Fine Gael’s has demanded that all 801 families will be out of hotel accommodation by the end of June. This date is a totally arbitrary deadline. I fear this date will only force families out of hotels back into private accommodation where they were made homeless from. No family should face one night in hotel accommodation, but to pretend we will have sustainable homes for 801 families by July is naïve and dangerous.

“Dublin needs a building programme that provides social and affordable housing on a massive scale. One such site that could provide these numbers is the Poolbeg development. The Department of Housing have looked for a miserly 10% social and a vague commitment to another 10% affordable. This is totally unacceptable. Sinn Féin has demanded that of the 3,500 units proposed for this development, 30% must be social and  20% must be affordable. This is in line with Dublin City Council’s land initiative.  Anything less is simply unacceptable. If Minister Coveney is serious about tackling the housing crisis he will revise his position and support our proposal for the Poolbeg development.”

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