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Shortfall in HAP/Rent supplement rates causing homelessness Eoin Ó Broin TD

26 January, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has commented on the findings of the latest report by the Simon Community. The report indicates that 83% of properties available to rent are priced beyond the reach of citizens relying on state housing payments like Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and Rent Supplement.  Deputy Ó Broin said that "the rent supplement and housing assistance payment is causing homelessness."

Speaking after the launch of the report today Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The timely publication of this report coincides with the release of the Department of Housing’s monthly homeless figures for the December. The Simon Community report shows that the average rent for a one bedroom property was 62% higher than the average rent supplement or HAP payment. This coincides with an increase of 207 in the number of adults in emergency accommodation in December.

“These figures aren’t surprising when the Simon Community data reveals that of the five properties available to rent for single people within HAP and Rent Supplement limits only one property was available in Dublin City Centre. The government is refusing to implement measures that would adequately tackle this problem. We are all aware that increasing the supply of available housing is key. However were a number of measures that could have been introduced that would have provided immediate relief to those struggling to make rent. 

"The government’s plan for the private rented sector was disappointing and failed to introduce index linked rent certainty and sufficient security of tenure. Sinn Féin reiterates the call for tenancies of indefinite duration and for rent certainty linked to the CPI. Sinn Féin also echo the Simon Communities call for a review and adjustment every six months of the Rent Supplement and HAP limits to ensure that they are in sync with market rents."ENDS

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