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Peter McVerry Trust, the housing and homeless charity has warned politicians to avoid putting forward knee jerk and incoherent policy measures in the hope of tackling the current housing and homeless emergency.
In a letter written to all members of the 31st Dáil the charity has asked them to publicly support and work towards 4 key actions, which they say, will help address the emergency in both the short and long term.
Writing to TDs the charity’s CEO Pat Doyle said “The scale and complexity of the emergency will take a long number of years to successfully resolve. The responses must tackle the deep rooted policy failures in housing together with short term actions to alleviate the rapid rise in the numbers becoming homeless and to protect the even greater numbers at risk of homelessness. “
Mr Doyle stressed the need for any immediate actions introduced to fit into the longer term policy goals of the housing system “We must avoid at all costs incoherent knee jerk reactions. It is imperative that all actions implemented in the short term must be grounded in long term policy logic. We need to put reform, sustainability, social cohesion and equality to the fore of how we tackle the housing and homeless emergency.”
Mr Doyle said the charity was putting forward its suggestions in order to secure an urgent but informed response to the emergency. “Our objective is to get politicians to agree that there is a national emergency. In order to respond in a coherent fashion we need a dedicated, senior Minister to coordinate the response. TDs and Senators also need to create an Oireachtas Committee where the many complex issues around land, procurement, affordability and housing systems can be debated and analysed. The fourth key action is to recognise that we need to balance the Constitution by inserting the right to a home. This would help address many negative impacts of private property rights that currently restrict badly needed legislation being brought in to protect vulnerable citizens.”
The charity has asked politicians to publicly voice there support for 4 key political actions and work towards their achievement.