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Churches express concern over ‘relentless’ rise in homelessness

“We restate our call for increased investment in state-provided housing; measures to limit rent increases, improve security of tenure, and protect families who face eviction from their home; and proposals to convert unused buildings into social housing.”

2020.01.22.

Man left with “life-changing injuries” after vehicle hoisted his tent

Fr Peter McVerry said it is because of their safety and comradeship that so many people who are homeless elect to live in tents.

2020.01.17.

Christmas message from Bishops of Clogher focuses on homelessness

Bishops urged Christians to stand and work together to show solidarity and pastoral outreach and to give hope to people, assuring them that they do not have to face this problem of homelessness alone.

2019.12.18.

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discusses refugees, homelessness and Advent

"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2019.12.06.

Message from bishops in Northern Ireland ahead of Westminster General Election

"Voters have a duty to inform themselves on the position of election candidates in respect of their willingness to support and cherish equally the lives of mothers and their unborn children" – bishops in Northern Ireland.

2019.12.06.

Homelessness increases as no confidence vote in housing minister is rejected

“We need to remember that this homelessness and housing crisis is not a normal situation, and should not be seen as acceptable on any level” – Simon Communities.

2019.12.05.

Time to change flawed housing policy, says SVP

"It is totally unacceptable for a rich country like Ireland that so many children have no place to call home,” said SVP National President Kieran Stafford.

2019.11.02.

Archbishop condemns drug traffickers’ trade in death

At a Mass to remember deceased members of the women’s forum, Dr Martin hit out at the traffic in drugs as “a horrific example of the exploitation of the vulnerable”.

2019.09.03.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin calls in on Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless

Every day the Capuchin Centre meets the tragic human casualties of failed government policies, says Bro Kevin Crowley OFM.

2019.08.27.

Calls for review of policy to tackle homeless crisis

“A review should look at both the successes and the things that need to change ... This includes actively building social housing, taxing those who hoard building land and better protecting the rights of tenants facing eviction” – Mike Allen.

2019.08.07.

Trócaire condemns Israeli policy of destroying Palestinian homes

“Demolitions in Sur Baher serve only to undermine the human rights of Palestinians and jeopardise hopes for long-term peace and a two-state solution.”

2019.07.27.

Housing Assistance Payments fail to prevent homelessness say charities

The report finds that while HAP is intended to help families pay for a place to live, the reality is that HAP is so low that many cannot afford private rental accommodation.

2019.07.10.

SVP volunteers gather in Dublin to celebrate 175 years of God’s work

“The greatness of the story of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is the witness of those men and women who became real friends with the poor.”

2019.04.14.

SVP calls for government housing strategy to be abandoned

“A social housing policy that relies so heavily on the private rented sector can never be the answer to the housing problem.”

2019.02.02.

Homeless emergency services not fit for purpose – Fr McVerry

“A lot of people don’t feel safe going into emergency one-night hostels because they get robbed, they get assaulted, they are offered drugs,” Jesuit campaigner warns.

2019.02.01.

Focus Ireland’s #10YearChallenge highlights a decade of government failure

There is a risk people can become desensitised to the depth of this crisis and we must always remember behind each single number is a child, a man or a woman who is homeless and who is suffering.

2019.01.28.

Focus Ireland rejects “normal” homelessness label

“We believe homelessness is not something that is happening to someone over there that we can ignore. It is completely bound up with the high rents that people are facing, it is the young people not being able to buy or rent homes, it’s the people in mortgage arrears” – Mike Allen, Focus Ireland

2019.01.16.

Emmanuel, the source of true light, is focus of Christmas message

“May all of us, by our love, bring light and hope to all whose lives are troubled this Christmas.”

2018.12.24.

Belvedere College students sleep out for homeless charities

Students at Dublin school are hopeful they can match last year's donations which raised almost €200,000 for Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.

2018.12.23.

Homelessness hits record high, as Capuchins start distributing food parcels

“We must not tolerate the fact that nearly 4,000 children are homelessness in our society.”

2018.12.22.

Housing difficulties worsen

“It must be remembered that these are not just statistics, these are real people – men, women and children with lives, and hopes, and dreams” – Threshold.

2018.12.06.

Crosscare take delivery of Pope’s car, registration 182-D-9093

The vehicle was donated to the charity to help its work with homeless families.

2018.11.04.

Nineteen babies born into homelessness in one year

Depaul saw a particularly large increase in families accessing its services in both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

2018.10.18.

Homeless crisis is not abating bishops warn

New pastoral letter on the housing and homelessness crisis, ‘A Room at the Inn?’, calls on Irish society to commit itself to work towards the provision of warm, decent, affordable and secure homes for all.

2018.10.02.

Peter McVerry Trust welcomes Housing First programme

“Working to address your issues from a stable home with the help of a highly skilled, professional multi-disciplinary team is much more successful than trying to do so from a congregated setting like emergency homeless accommodation or living rough on the streets.”

2018.09.27.

“Use it or lose” it says homeless campaigner

Fr Peter McVerry backs action of ‘Take back the city’ group to “highlight the failure of government action”.

2018.09.19.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Barnardos helps over fifteen thousand children and families

Barnardos provided practical and emotional supports to children and parents in its 40 centres, in families’ own homes, through the school environment and within their communities.

2018.09.12.

Former Green Party leader warns of homelessness, climate change

Former Government Minister and Green Party leader ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford.

2018.09.10.

Homelessness caused by poor policy choices – Focus Ireland

There were 9,891 people living in hotels, bed and breakfasts and family hubs in July, up from 9,872 people in June, with 43 more children homeless in July than in June.

2018.09.06.
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