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Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, has said that the latest rough sleeper count for Dublin is an abrupt reminder that more needs to be done to tackle the rising number of people experiencing homelessness. The charity called for greater resources to be introduced to prevent people becoming homeless and for the Government to urgently review the feasibility of introducing rent controls.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “After the positive announcement in Budget 2015 on social housing the latest rough sleeper count is an abrupt reminder, if needed, that we are continuing to see an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in Dublin.”
“The number of people sleeping rough is completely unacceptable and Peter McVerry Trust, together with partners in the sector, is committed to doing everything we can to reduce and eliminate the need to sleep rough.”
Mr Doyle continued by highlighting the work of the charity to meet both the need for emergency shelter and longer term housing. “We are working to provide additional emergency accommodation on top of the significant number of new beds we have provided to the sector in the year to date. We will shortly begin work on a number of new housing projects that will help provide homes for young people experiencing homelessness in Dublin.”
“Peter McVerry Trust believes that greater emphasis must be placed on preventing people becoming homeless and resources need to be provided to remove the need for people to access emergency accommodation. Quite simply if we do not stem the flow of people into homelessness then the numbers will continue to grow and resources will directed at meeting emergency shelter rather than focusing more effectively on meeting the housing need.”
Concluding Mr Doyle urged the Government to seriously review the need for rent controls as part of a reform of the private rental market. “We need to address the problems that exist within the private rental sector as it will be the primary outlet point for people in homeless services for the next 3 years while we await new social housing budgets to have an impact. The first step in the reform process needs to be the introduction of rent controls to ensure that the market retains an element of affordability and within the grasp of people relying on rent supplement.”