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Rental Costs Leave Too Many Vulnerable to Homelessness, say Simon Communities

Simon Communities call for new thinking on public housing and a review of Housing Assistance Payment Rates.

2 Jul 2019

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that rental costs in the private sector are still far too high nationwide, as the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) Rent Index for Q1 2019 shows that average rents increased by 8.3% over the year.

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Serious Shortage of Accommodation Available for Rent Supplement/HAP Recipients, Simon Communities Report Shows

92% of private rental properties on Daft.ie in 11 areas were beyond Rent Supplement/HAP limits in April 2019

2 Jul 2019

Availability of affordable private rented accommodation for people depending on Rent Supplement (RS)/Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is critically low in many parts of the country, according to a new snapshot study from the Simon Communities of Ireland.

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Simon Communities Call for More Ambition from Government on Homelessness as Official Emergency Accommodation Figures Remain Above 10,000

A decrease of 125 individuals from April is welcomed, the first month-on-month decrease in 2019. However, the overall total remains far too high, says Simon

28 Jun 2019

June 28th: The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that the decrease in the number of people in emergency accommodation is to be welcomed, the first time in 2019 that the numbers in emergency accommodation have decreased month-on-month.

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Simon Communities Call for Action as New Figures Show 10,378 in Emergency Accommodation

Simon respond to new homelessness figures

29 May 2019

May 29th: The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that urgent action is needed to address the homelessness and housing crisis, as new figures show another record number of people in emergency accommodation during April.

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Simon Communities say tenants need stronger protections as rents reach record heights

The charity responds to Daft.ie’s latest Rental Price Report

13 May 2019

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that that figures released today from the Daft.ie 2019 Q1 Rental Report highlight the inability of the private rental sector, in its current form, to provide adequate and secure housing for all.

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