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Peter McVerry Trust, the housing and homeless charity, has welcomed details of increased funding for social housing and homeless services in Budget 2015. The charity said that it hoped that the measures announced today would help to provide a strong base from which to grow social housing provision in the years to come. However, it said that it was disappointed there had been no move to increase rent supplement levels or introduce measures to control rent increases.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust speaking after today’s budget said “Peter McVerry Trust welcomes the package of measures announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, in Budget 2015. We believe that these measures will have a significant impact on addressing the social housing and homelessness crises.”
“Peter McVerry Trust has been vocal in calling for significant and ongoing investment in social housing to help reduce the large number of households on the waiting list and tackle the growing number of people in homeless services. We believe that today’s announcement, including the €2.2 billion over the course of the next 3 years for social housing, provides the financial and political commitment that had been absent from social housing provision in Ireland for many years.”
“The three pronged approach detailed by the Minister ensures that the State will take the lead in the provision of housing, something that Peter McVerry Trust deemed essential if the issue was to be addressed adequately. The decision to create a new avenue to finance for approved housing bodies, such as Peter McVerry Trust, will allow voluntary housing associations to play a significant role in providing social housing options for vulnerable groups such as the homeless.”
Mr Doyle also spoke about the importance of the 16% increase in the homeless budget for 2015. “The decision to increase the budget for homeless services is very welcome. At present there are significant pressures on homeless services and news of any additional funding is appreciated. Today’s announcement that the sector will receive an additional 16% should lead to increase in the quality of services and an increase in the number of persons exiting homeless services next year. We will no await the distribution of that additional funding across the regions.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said that decision not to address rent supplement meant people would struggle to afford spiraling rent costs “We are disappointed that the Government decided not to increase rent supplement levels or introduce measures to stop rental prices increasing beyond the reach of many people. We hope that the Government will revisit this issue as it is essential that rent supplement levels more closely reflect the cost of private market rents.”