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Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, has welcomed an order issued to local authorities to ring fence 50% of housing for vulnerable groups in Dublin. The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, issued the order in recent days following his commitment to achieving the target in the multi-point action plan to tackle homelessness announced before Christmas.
Commenting on the order, the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle said “This is very significant for people in homeless services. In the last 12 months the numbers in homelessness have increased while the barriers to exiting homelessness have grown more challenging. The introduction of this new rate on the Minister’s instruction will see allocation rates rise from 10% to 50% in Dublin, with other highly significant increases in allocation rates in Cork, Galway and Waterford.”
“The single biggest challenge facing people in homeless services is securing accommodation. These new allocation rates are therefore enormously significant as the State is saying it will now provide a much larger number of homeless people with a home. It will significantly help increase the number of people exiting homelessness in 2015.”
Mr Doyle said that he hoped that on the back of the political momentum that now exists towards tackling homelessness that 2015 would become the year that sees the return of social and affordable housing to Ireland.
“We have huge social housing waiting lists, and increasing numbers of people including couples and families in homeless services. We need to ensure that we remember that those people without a home need to be prioritised in the construction of new homes this year and for many years to come.