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Peter McVerry Trust has called for a greater emphasis to be placed on preventing people entering into homelessness. The charity made its call following the publication by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive of a report on the Homeless Summit Action Plan announced by Minister Alan Kelly before Christmas.
Pat Doyle, the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said that the action plan made a significant difference but more work is needed on prevention and housing.
“The update published this morning by the DRHE shows that the action plan implemented before Christmas helped to provide an immediate improvement in the sector. The number of beds rose significantly, the number of people sleeping rough decreased and the extension of the Housing First service has helped more rough sleepers access emergency accommodation.”
“We need to take advantage of the temporary breathing space created by the action plan to ensure that more is done to prevent people becoming homeless. We need to see movement on rents, in particular ensuring that rent supplement levels are adequate to secure private rented accommodation in all areas. We need to ensure that rental prices and the actions of landlords do not contribute to increased numbers of people accessing emergency accommodation.”
“The issue of distressed residential mortgages needs significant Government intervention and action. If no action is taken we will see families trying to access an already overcrowded private rental market or ending up in homeless services. We need to take sensible measures to keep people in their homes.”
“What we would really like to see is the same urgency being applied to preventing new cases of homelessness as we did to providing emergency accommodation in late 2014. If we do that then we can reduce the numbers in emergency accommodation because we should see more social housing becoming available as the year progresses and more and more local authority voids coming back into use.”
“At the moment Peter McVerry Trust is working to bring a significant number of units back into use by working with our local authority colleagues and these new units will be available in the first half of 2015. We will be monitoring the ambitious targets set out in the social housing programme published by Minister Kelly and we hope that it begins to realise new housing units as soon as possible.”