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Another increase in homelessness

“The electorate want this problem solved, believes it can be solved but does not believe any party has yet put forward the solutions that are needed to solve it. It is up to the newly elected councillors to show what can be done” – Pat Dennigan, Focus Ireland.

2019.05.30.

Another increase in homelessness in March

Focus Ireland stressed that much good work is being done but the crisis will continue without a substantial increase in social housing provision as a matter of urgency and a move away from providing yet more emergency accommodation and hubs.

2019.05.01.

Government policies to help homeless not working

“Rebranding private rent as social housing has not worked. Removing homeless families from official data as a policy response has not worked. Rebuilding Ireland has not worked” – Social Justice Ireland.

2019.02.07.

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.

International President visits SVP Ireland

Kieran Stafford said it was a sign of Ireland’s standing that the International President of an organisation with members in about 140 countries visited here so early in his 6-year term of office.

2018.08.08.

Jesuit Centre calls for new direction on housing policy

“The policy of the past 25 years has led to a chronic under-supply of real social housing. It has resulted in the homelessness crisis we are now experiencing,” warns Fr Peter McVerry.

2017.10.18.

Homelessness is an emergency – Fr Peter McVerry

If the current rate of people becoming homeless continues, there will be 8,300 people living in homeless accommodation when the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe announces details of Budget 2018.

2017.08.30.

Social housing will reduce highest ever rents – Peter McVerry Trust

“The rising cost of rent is the main source of new homeless cases, and our worry is that we will see even more households losing their homes as the situation worsens”, Pat Doyle, CEO, Peter McVerry Trust.

2017.08.23.

Change fiscal rules to invest in fairer Ireland – SJI

“Budget 2018 should be designed so that it is both economically sound and socially fair. These twin objectives are both realistic and achievable. However, they need to be underpinned by a clear policy commitment to achieving both” – Dr Seán Healy.

2017.07.19.

Investment not tax cuts for better future for all

Most people want to see reductions in healthcare waiting lists, increases in social housing provision and reliable high-speed broadband across rural Ireland. To achieve this means there should be no net tax cuts in Budget 2018 – Social Justice Ireland.

2017.06.29.

Numbers employed in part-time jobs in Ireland “worrying”: SJI

“Over 100,000 people are currently working part-time hours, but would take full-time employment if they could find it.”

2017.02.01.

Pray the rosary during October to protect human life

Irish bishops appeal to Catholics to pray for protection of human life from conception till death and call on government to “prioritise the needs of low income families, and target resources towards social housing and the homeless” in budget 2017.

2016.10.07.

Minister praises Respond! for developing social housing in Cork

A 130-home estate in Cork City will, by the end of the year, have 34 social housing units, delivered through Nama’s social housing “special purpose vehicle” working with Respond! housing.

2016.09.27.

Social Justice Ireland calls for €1bn investment in infrastructure

Investing €400m on rural broadband would have better impact on productivity than tax cuts.

2016.07.19.

Call for investment programme for social housing & broadband

Social Justice Ireland argue investment will yield significant returns in terms of both employment and productivity, and will also address two of the largest infrastructural deficits in Ireland today.

2016.06.20.

Respond! welcomes new target for social housing supply

A moratorium on house repossessions is long overdue according to Fr Pat Cogan OFM otherwise housing demand will continue to outstrip supply.

2016.06.19.

Build an equal nation in Budget 2017, SVP urges

In its Pre-Budget Submission, the SVP quotes estimate that 25-30% of the population requires support in meeting their housing needs due to low incomes and high costs in Ireland.

2016.06.15.

New tenant purchase scheme may deplete housing stock

SVP seriously concerned at the shortage of local authority housing as numbers on waiting list jumps dramatically.

2016.05.08.

Homeless ‘pods’ appear on Dublin streets

An 82% increase in the number of children attending the Capuchin Day Centre for meals since 2011 Brother Kevin Crowley warns.

2016.02.17.

Voters urged to quiz candidates on child poverty

“It is important for every candidate seeking our vote in the coming weeks to understand the appalling extent of child poverty rates in Ireland" - Barnardos.

2016.02.09.

Housing crisis should be key issue of election

“It is important that both politicians and the electorate think about the profoundly damaging impact the housing & homelessness crisis is having on so many."

2016.02.02.

Urgent action required on social housing

In 2015 the Peter McVerry Trust completed 19 acquisitions and returned 26 voids back into social housing.

2016.01.28.

SVP calls for minimum standard of living for all

“A strategy is needed to ensure that every household and family in Ireland has an income which is adequate to meet their needs."

2015.12.30.

Elderly must be included in social housing: Alone

The number of older people coming to ALONE in need of housing increased by 90% in 2014.

2015.10.06.

Housing not shelter is the answer to homelessness

Inadequate response to crisis makes McVerry Trust question "whether this Government are committed to helping people in homelessness".

2015.10.02.

Homelessness is a national emergency: Sr Stan

“We must not shy away from highlighting that homelessness has now deepened from a crisis situation to a national emergency.”

2015.09.22.

By 2031 there will be one million over 65s in Ireland

“We are focusing far too much on the performance of the economy and not nearly enough on issues such as aging, social housing and sustainability" - Dr Seán Healy.

2015.08.31.

Fr McVerry awarded ‘Spirit of Mother Jones’ honour

“We are satisfied that Mother Jones, if she was alive today, would have been very proud of Fr Peter for his ability to highlight the social injustice of homelessness.”

2015.08.02.

Mortgage arrears & housing undersupply highlighted

21,000 additional residential units required each year over the next three years to meet demand.

2015.07.30.

Sr Stan named Ireland’s ‘National Treasure’

“One of the most appalling things is that families are becoming homeless, and last month 70 families became homeless. That's two or three new families every day.”

2015.07.01.
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