Budget ‘must address housing’

The Government must invest €500m in Budget 2015 to deliver the 3,000 homes needed to tackle the growing homeless and affordable housing crisis, said Focus Ireland.

The charity made the call in its pre-budget submission as it published data showing that 45 families became homeless in Dublin in September.

More than 350 families have become homeless so far this year in Dublin.

There also has been an alarming rise in the numbers sleeping rough in Cork — up 55% in the first nine months of the year.

Mike Allen, Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy said the figures show the homeless crisis for families is continuing unabated.

“Focus Ireland believes the Government must take action to urgently deliver more family homes — not just more emergency accommodation — if it is to stem this rising flow of families and individuals becoming homeless,” said Mr Allen.

“The housing crisis cannot be solved without substantial Government investment in public housing and this must start in the coming Budget.”

Mr Allen said it is shocking and unsustainable that more than one family is becoming homeless every day in the capital.

“We are doing what we can but it’s really hard to move them on due to the critical shortage of affordable accommodation so many families are getting stuck as homeless.”

He called on the Government to raise rent supplement rates.


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