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Simon Communities call for national conversation on the right to housing

The housing and homelessness organisation host event to welcome UN Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing to Ireland

11 Jun 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland are delighted to welcome the UN Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, to Ireland today. Ms. Farha will be the keynote speaker at a Simon Communities event, ‘Making the Case for a Right to Housing’, which takes place in Dublin today. Other speakers include Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Senator Colette Kelleher and Niamh Randall of the Simon Communities. The Simon Communities new paper, ‘Making the Case for a Right to Housing in Ireland’ will be published at this event which will be chaired by journalist Cathal MacCoille.

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Simon Communities welcome NESC recommendations on housing affordability and use of public lands

17 May 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that they welcome the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) report, Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland’s Broken System, published this morning which argues that housing affordability must be built into the supply of housing.   

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Tenants powerless in face of rapidly rising rents

Simon Communities respond to Daft.ie Rental Price Report

4 May 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland say that figures released today from the Daft.ie 2018 Q1 Rental Report demonstrate how tenants are virtually powerless in the face of rising rents and very low supply. The housing and homelessness organisation also said that the report was further proof that Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently reviewed as they cannot work without proper monitoring and enforcement.  

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Numbers in emergency accommodation are still far too high

Simon Communities respond to March 2018 national emergency accommodation figures

1 May 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have responded to figures released for March 2018 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, saying that the total number of 9,681 men, women and children in emergency accommodation remains far too high. The housing and homelessness organisation welcomed the slight decrease in the overall number of adults and children in emergency accommodation but said it was deeply concerned to see the continuing increase in the number of single adults in emergency accommodation.  

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1,220 people have become homeless since the start of 2018

Simon Communities respond to February 2018 national emergency accommodation figures

28 Mar 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that it is shocking to see an additional 1,220 people have become homeless since the start of 2018. 9,807 men, women and children remain stuck in overcrowded emergency accommodation, according to figures released for February 2018 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, an increase of 32% from February 2017.

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