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Peter McVerry Trust has said that today’s announcement of 1,700 new social housing units is a small step towards making an impact on the social housing crisis. The charity made the comments following an earlier announcement by Minister Alan Kelly that he is making €312 million in funding available to provide 1,700 new local authority housing units over the next 3 years.
The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle said ‘Today’s announcement is another small step to achieve the bigger objectives set out in the Social Housing Strategy. We have already had a series of announcements around funding for social housing projects and we need the Minister to make many more such announcements if we are to achieve the 35,000 new social housing units promised last November.”
“The reality that everyone working to tackle the social housing crisis is faced with is that there are 100,000 households are on the social housing waiting list and the numbers of people in homeless accommodation continues to grow.”
“We are expecting more announcements in the coming weeks, such as details of social housing projects to be funded through the €71 million Capital Assistance Scheme. If we can continue to progress new social housing initiatives then we will be able to deliver the badly needed homes for people like those in homeless services.”
“The frustrations voiced today by our founder Fr McVerry, stem from 40 years of watching Governments fail to get to grips with social housing needs. It also an echoing of the frustrations and concerns held by people in homeless services who are faced with the daily reality that little or no permanent accommodation is now available to them. The onus is now on all stakeholders involved in providing social housing, including approved housing bodies like Peter McVerry Trust, to secure new housing units as quickly as possible to help tackle the crisis.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “Giving the scale of the social housing challenge we need to be conscious of the number of new cases of homelessness particularly as result or rising rents and stagnant rent supplement rates. New social housing projects must have an impact on the overall numbers as we can’t allow a situation to arise whereby new social housing projects are offset by new cases of homelessness.”