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Ellis welcomes 10 new units for homeless families in Ballymun

16 September, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed the news that 10 new units are to be made available to homeless families in Ballymun Plaza this week. The Council have identified 23 units in the area and are ready to place ten families this month as units become available.

Deputy Ellis said;

"The only solution to the housing and homelessness crisis is to provide housing. Unfortunately over the years this has been very difficult due to underfunding of councils by the Fine Gael/Labour government. Even the new government strategy launched last year will only provide 167 units in Dublin before 2018. With this is in mind we must praise the efforts locally to bring these into use for the purpose of housing 10 homeless families. This is the right approach.

“Housing homeless families in hostels and hotels is costing the council 1000's of euro per month for each family. Housing them properly is real homes is not only the best thing for the family but the best value for money for the council. Homelessness is a local problem in Ballymun and across the city and these homes will make a big difference to these families."

Deputy Ellis also welcomed Dublin City Councils work to investigate modular housing as a method of increasing the stock of emergency accommodation saying;

"We are in a desperate emergency situation because the government have failed to act for so long. The council must investigate opportunities to provide temporary accommodation for the people becoming homeless every day in the capital. At present there is no concrete proposal but I encourage the council to thoroughly investigate this option, seek to identify possible sites and if appropriate engage in the necessary negotiations. If modular housing can be provided which is of a high standard for good value then we have duty to consider it."

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