Sinn Féin Bill aims for earlier intervention to help those at risk of homelessness – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell says a new Bill, introduced by her and Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD, would provide a plan and increased supports to prevent those at risk of homelessness from having to access homeless services.
Introducing the Homeless Prevention Bill 2018 to the Dáil on Wednesday Deputy Mitchell said:
“This Bill is about homelessness prevention. The last thing we want to see is anybody becoming homeless and that is why we need to give more protection to tenants.
"In cases where a person has been given a notice to quit and is on the verge of homelessness – we must have supports in place to ensure that the local authority is obliged to work with them.
“If a person has received a notice-to-quit and will be out of their home in the coming month, then it is from that point the local authorities should begin putting a plan in place to ensure they do not become homeless.”
Deputy Mitchell said the plan could include a grant or loan from the authority to allow a person seek alternative accommodation or by permitting a person to use premises belonging to the authority:
“This Bill is about giving a legal definition of persons at risk of homelessness, it’s about ensuring there is a plan in place before a person becomes homeless, and it also aims to give the Housing Minister and local authorities the power to work with those at risk of homelessness before they are out on the street.”