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Opening Statement to Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht
On May 7th Peter McVerry Trust was present before the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht to discuss ‘meeting current housing demand’.
You can download our opening statement to the committee here.
Summary of the points made by CEO Pat Doyle during the committee discussion include:
1. National Housing Strategy – To create a sustainable framework to deliver current and future housing need. To prevent boom and bust cycle of housing provision and ensure enough social, affordable and private housing is built to allow people to rent or won their own homes.
2. Capital Acquisition Scheme – To create a new capital funding programme under CAS to allow for the acquisition of properties by voluntary housing bodies. This is the fastest way to provide accommodation and reduce the number of people who are currently homeless.
3. Regulation of the Private Rental Market – To prevent discrimination against those in receipt of social welfare supports, to ensure that rent prices are capped and linked to cost of living index.
4. Prevention -Increase the emphasis on early intervention as a means of preventing homelessness. Ensure that no policy measure or programme will result in people becoming homeless e.g. cuts in education may lead to increase in early school leavers, cuts to social welfare make it harder for people to exist on low incomes.
5. Task Force -Creation of cross party special Oireachtas Committee/Task Force to involve members from across various committees to work to tackle the housing crisis and the issues that have fed into it.