As Leo Vindeloo will Say at the next Election, Fianna Fail fucked up Again, and Caused the Housing Crisis?

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Number of homeless people to pass 10,000 for first time in two years

 27th May 2022

The number of people in homeless accommodation is expected to pass 10,000 for the first time since February 2020.

It is being reported that the news will be confirmed in data for the month of April, which is expected to be released sometime this afternoon (May 27).

This will be the first time since February 2020 that the number will exceed that threshold.

  • Homeless charities say that the increase in the number of homeless single adults is of particular concern, and is calling for the Housing Assistance Payment to be reviewed and increased, as well as the ongoing housing supply crisis to be addressed more urgently.

The Department of Housing said that they cannot comment on the figures ahead of publication. However, it said the increasing number of people accessing homeless accommodation is a serious concern.

The department added that the Government, local authorities and others are making ‘every effort’ to tackle homelessness, and is backed by a budget of €190million that was announced in the 2022 budget.

  • The department said that Minister for Housing Daragh O’Brien said homelessness was a priority for this government, and added that he signed the Lisbon Declaration, a European Declaration to end homelessness by 2030, on behalf of the government.

The statement from the Department of Housing added that next week Ireland will be hosting the FEANSTA conference 2022, Towards a Vision of Ending Homelessness, which will bring together key stakeholders from across the continent working to achieve this aim.

The government are said to be investing significantly in social and affordable housing with a record €4billion being allocated for current and capital investment in housing this year alone.

Elsewhere, a stark number of people polled in a Claire Byrne Live story believe that this government won’t be able to solve the worsening housing crisis.

 

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