Budget 2018 lacked real initiatives to resolve the homeless crisis – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD and deputy spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis expressed his shock at reports of another homeless person being found dead on the streets of Dublin and stated that last week’s Budget measures gave no hope to those hoping for a resolution to the homeless crisis.
Deputy Ellis said:
“I am shocked to hear reports this morning that another homeless person has died on the streets of Dublin. Reports say a young man sleeping rough in Temple Bar less than ten minutes’ walk from Dáil Éireann was found dead by outreach teams from the community group Inner City Helping Homeless.
“Coincidently, last week’s Budget fell on world homeless day. I was critical of the budget’s failure to implement measures and to allocate resources that would go towards helping to alleviate the housing and homeless crisis. The Budget lacked of any real initiatives to resolve the homeless crisis and will not solve the housing and homeless crises. It will also not prevent future housing crises or help reduce homeless numbers.
“The government’s Budget gave no hope, only disappointment, to those working with the homeless community.
“I would like extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman found in Temple Bar this morning.”