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Not enough homes being built to tackle crisis - Ellis

24 October, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said that recent figures for housing construction in Dublin show that not enough housing is being built to meet demand and that the rate of construction is slowing down. He said this made it all the more obvious that the state must intervene in the housing crisis with major capital investment on an annual basis.

Deputy Ellis continued;

“We already have severe shortage of housing for poor and low income earners particularly in Dublin. Construction had seen some increase on the worst days of the crisis but in the last year and slowed again.

"In Dublin just over 2000 homes have been built so far in 2015 while the Housing Agency projects that we will need to build a minimum of 8000 homes a year in the capital to meet demand.

"The number of social housing units being built is even more alarming with government plans for just 1750 by the end of 2017 across the state and just 168 in Dublin in that time.

"This slow down of private construction and the practical non-existence social housing construction will only lead to continuation of the rent increases we have seen in recent years. The states rents have gone up 35% since 2011. This will lead to more deprivation, more hardship and ultimately more families becoming homeless and staying homeless.

"We need major investment in social housing construction on an annual basis building at least 7000 social housing units a year. We also need rent regulation and rent certainty to stabilise the market as well as an increase in rent supplement in order to keep tenants at risk of homelessness in their home.”

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