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Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, is calling for additional resources to address the homeless crisis in Budget 2018. The charity made the call following the publication of the August 2017 homeless figures which showed another sharp increase in homelessness.
The most recent figures released by the Department of Housing show that 8,270 people were registered as living in emergency and temporary accommodation during the last week of August 2017. Since the beginning of 2017, there’s been a net increase of 140 people becoming homeless each month. These figures point to a 23 percent projected rise in homelessness for 2017.
CEO of Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle said says ‘the increase in the numbers of people experiencing homelessness calls into sharp focus the need for urgent and effective measures to prevent people from losing their homes’.
Mr Doyle said the issues that exist in relation to regulation and the security of tenancies in the private rental sector continue to be a major contributing factor to the rising numbers of people becoming homeless. ‘Peter McVerry Trust is seeing an increasing number of individuals entering homelessness from the private rental sector, which highlights a need for additional legislative and policy measures to deal with the rise in the cost of renting and improve security of tenancies’.
Mr Doyle also called upon the Government and Department of Housing to strengthen existing measures to deal with the increase in the cost of renting as well as a lack of affordable housing. ‘We need to see continued action from Government to deal with the rising cost of rents and housing. Peter McVerry Trust, and other charities in the sector, are facing an extremely challenging situation to provide enough emergency accommodation, and we therefore recognise the immense challenge that exists in providing an adequate level of housing solutions.
Mr Doyle also said increased investment in the provision of social and affordable housing should be a top priority for Government approaching Budget 2018. ‘We welcome remarks made by the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy this week regarding progress on additional funding for housing which is due to be announced in Budget 2018. Peter McVerry Trust also supports Minister Murphy’s comments regarding a move to provide social housing through local authorities rather through the private sector. Peter McVerry Trust would urge the Department to take immediate action on these anticipated policy improvements’.