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Report shows government is completely failing to respond to child and family homelessness – Mitchell

26 February, 2019 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said the annual ‘Report Card’ published by the Children’s Rights Alliance shows that the Government has completely failed in its commitments to end child and family homelessness and must now immediately increase capital investment in social and affordable housing.

The Report Card awarded the government an ‘F’ grade for lack of progress in the area of Child and Family Homelessness.

Reacting to the publication on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“What is very clear from this report is that the Government – with the support of Fianna Fáil – is completely failing those experiencing homelessness.

“The Programme for Government committed to ending the use of long term emergency accommodation for homeless families. Three years later we have record numbers of homeless families and children in emergency accommodation and family hubs.

“The Government seems completely incapable of addressing this issue.”

Deputy Mitchell also noted that it is not appropriate for children to spend long periods of time in emergency accommodation and family hubs:

“Long-term placement in emergency accommodation seriously impacts on young people’s education, social life, as well as their nutritional and dietary health. While the rollout of family hubs is an improvement on hotels and B&Bs, it is not a long-term solution to the housing and homelessness crisis.

“What we need to see is the building of more social and affordable housing, a focus on bringing vacant homes back into use and real rent certainty and protections for tenants.” 

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