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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust gave a broad welcome to details on housing and homelessness in the Programme for Government. The charity said that a number of its proposals on the areas of housing and homelessness had been reflected in the document.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “We welcome the broad thrust of the document’s content on housing and homelessness. There seems to be a growing realisation by politicians of the urgency of the situation and the solutions needed to fast track the delivery of housing across the spectrum including social, affordable, cost rental and of course to help the broader housing market.”
“We particularly welcome the creation of a senior Minister for Housing, the Cabinet Committee on Housing as well as the commitment to retain the newly established Committee on Housing and Homelessness. We very much welcome the reference to the Constitutional Convention’s recommendation to include the right to a home in the Constitution and that this will now be considered by the Committee.”
Mr Doyle highlighted a number of proposals put forward by the charity which are now included in the Programme for Government. “Peter McVerry Trust had made calls for commitments to be given to act on issues such as increases on rent supplement, investment in cost rental accommodation, increasing the provision of social housing units and better supports for AHBs. In terms of homeless services our proposals for better resourcing and availability of supports for families at risk of homelessness and issues like a youth guarantee for homeless teenagers and ring-fenced accommodation for people completing drug treatment programmes have also been included in the document.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “While a significant body of work needs to be carried out on the detail of the housing and homelessness actions the Action Plan on Housing will allow the incoming Minister to immediately begin consultations with bodies and organisations who are willing to focus on putting forward solutions. Peter McVerry Trust looks forward to working with the new Minister to tackle the homeless and housing emergency.
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