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Next to impossible for citizens on HAP payments to secure accommodation in Dublin – Mitchell

16 May, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said that today’s report by the Simon Community entitled ‘Locked out of the Market VIII’ shows how it is becoming next to impossible for citizens on state payments like the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to secure accommodation in the city.

Speaking after the launch of the document, Deputy Mitchell said:

“The statistics for Dublin are quite frankly shocking, and confirm what many of us are hearing from our work in the community: Rental prices are way out of reach of most citizens.

“On top of this, those relying on state housing payments like the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) have found it almost impossible to find accommodation. Over the period of this study, just eight out of 167 properties in Dublin were available to rent within Rent Supplement (RS) and HAP limits.

“We are seeing a situation where the gap between HAP and rents means that many people are becoming homeless. The Government doesn't need any more reports telling it how bad the situation is, it knows full well.

“This Government needs to realise that HAP and Rent Supplement payments are not solutions to the housing crisis. The solution is to build more social housing.

“Social Housing is not only a State asset, but it provides a security of tenure for families which they simply do not get from the state-supported leasing of private sector accommodation. An increase in supply is what is needed, and in the meantime we need to see real rent certainty in the private rented sector. ” 

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