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Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, today published its pre-budget submission in Dublin. The charity has put forward proposed actions on constitutional and legislative reform, financing of housing developments and measures to improve the use of existing building stock in urban areas.
Speaking at the launch, Pat Doyle CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust said “We need urgent action to tackle this emergency. The submission is focused on addressing the acute lack of housing provision that we are currently experiencing. We believe that our combination of legislative, financial and policy actions, if implemented in the immediate to short term, will significantly boost efforts to tackle the housing and homeless emergency.”
Fr Peter McVerry, founder of the charity said “We need an acknowledgement of the scale of the problem and the realisation that this problem will continue to get worse in the months ahead. The 150 modular housing units announced by Government yesterday to be delivered before Christmas will not even cover the number of new homeless families for August & September. With this type of inadequate response we have no option but to question whether this Government are committed to helping people in homelessness.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said that it was homes not shelter that is urgently needed “Peter McVerry Trust believes that rapid investment in housing must be prioritised to get people out of homeless accommodation. The crisis of the last few years has seen far too many people languish in emergency accommodation when they should be living in private rental accommodation or social housing. Housing, not shelter, is the answer to this emergency.”
Peter McVerry Trust’s submission also called for the Government to respond to the Constitutional Convention’s recommendation to hold a referendum on the right to housing and other ESC rights. This was one of a number of structural reforms proposed by the charity.
Download the submission here – Peter McVerry Trust – Pre Budget – Sept 15