Rent supplement increase welcome but the state needs to build public housing – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has given a guarded welcome to news that the government is to increase rent support. Speaking in relation to the housing crisis in Limerick city, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Obviously, I welcome any measures that help people to have a roof over their heads. The last thing we want are more families becoming homeless.
“However, we do need to constantly reiterate the fact that increasing rent supplement while important does absolutely nothing to increase the public housing stock.
“Nationally, there are 63,826 people in receipt of rent supplement and over 140,000 on the state’s public housing list.
“In Limerick, over 1,693 people depend on rent supplement to keep them from ending up on the streets.
“We have a serious shortage of rental properties in the city and this compounds the problem.
“At the end of the day, the state must take responsibility for the housing shortage and build more public housing.
“Increasing rent supplement is important but it does add one more housing unit to city’s housing stock.
“We are in the midst of a housing crisis and it is long past time for the state to act.”