“Very many are under great strain because accommodation and housing is scarce or beyond their reach. A new political impetus is required along with real determination to make inroads into this critical need in so many people’s lives” – Bishop William Crean, Cloyne.
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.
Greater recognition must be given in Ireland’s welfare system and tax codes to the cost of rearing children, former Taoiseach says. Former Taoiseach John Bruton has told members of the pro-life movement that they must “create a supportive environment for life” in the wake of the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment. In his keynote
Greater recognition must be given in Ireland's welfare system and tax codes to the cost of rearing children, former Taoiseach says.
The “hidden homeless” are people who often don’t have the option to declare themselves officially homeless and to put themselves on the local authority emergency accommodation list.
“We work hard to support families and individuals every day and not just at Christmas, but we depend on donations now more than ever to raise funds so our services can cope with the constantly rising demand.”
A former seminary in Waterford City which has been developed into a housing development for older people by voluntary housing agency Respond! has won a major award.
Social Justice Ireland (SJI) stated that Budget 2018 has given modest improvements for some but failed to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.
“We need consistent monitoring to ensure that we really get to the crux of this issue and stop more families from becoming homeless in the first place” – Focus Ireland.
The effort to achieve high quality standards was key to the successful delivery of the project and St Michael’s can only serve as a good practice model for the Society’s housing nationally.
A fundamental responsibility of every follower of Jesus is to transform the world with hope. Every vote in favour of a more just, peaceful and caring society is a concrete and personal expression of that hope.
More needs to be done, otherwise too many of our children will spend their childhoods going without basics like secure housing, healthy food and suitable clothing.
“It is clear to us the economic recovery isn’t being felt by all as we are supporting parents who are under huge strain to meet the needs of their children because of the absence of appropriate quality public services” – Fergus Finlay, Barnardos.
During 2016, Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, provided 127,750 bed nights to over 1,600 people in six residences for people experiencing homelessness in the capital.
“It is also the most serious social issue which Ireland faces today. With the right political will, it can be solved. We will continue to advocate on behalf of homeless people to seek to get the issue of homelessness and housing to the top of the Government’s agenda.” – Peter Mc Verry.
"Shocking to learn that people in prison spend so much time locked in their cell" - Joanne O’Riordan at the launch of 'Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults'.
It makes no sense to put a family in the homeless services or inappropriate accommodation when there is a house that could be used while the new house is being developed.