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Homeless figures continue to rise - Government must not allow this to be normalised – Ó Broin

7 September, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has described the latest homeless figures from the Department of Housing as “disappointing and a reflection of this government’s ongoing failure to get to grips with the housing crisis”. Deputy Ó Broin also said that “it is important that the government does not allow this level of homelessness to become normalised”.

The Dublin Mid-West TD was commenting on the Department of Housing’s July homeless figures which show an increase of 78 children, 64 families and 141 individuals in emergency accommodation compared to the month before.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The rise in the figures today clearly indicate that the government hasn’t a clue how to tackle this crisis. The PR-friendly Housing Summit that the Minister is hosting tomorrow will not offer any comfort to the 5,187 adults and 2,973 children currently living in emergency accommodation.  There a number of immediate and longer term actions the government could take to mitigate the crisis.

“The government is not doing enough to stem the flow of people into homelessness. The precarious nature of the private rented sector and landlords terminating tenancies because they are selling the property is a huge contributing factor to families finding themselves searching for emergency accommodation.  

“Last week, I called on the Minister to reconsider the Focus Ireland amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act which Fine Gael and its partners in government Fianna Fáil refused to support last year. The amendment limits the circumstances where a landlord can seek vacant possession of a home they intend to sell. Adopting this measure could potentially help a number of people stay in their homes.

“In the longer term, the government needs to build more social and affordable homes. It has been told countless times by housing NGOs, commentators and academics that this is the only long term solution to this growing problem. The government simply is not acting with the urgency necessary. Hubs, Hotels and B&Bs are not the place to raise and family and unfortunately nearly 3,000 children across the state have no home. What figure does this need to rise to before this government is prepared to take urgent action?” 

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