9 Oct 2018
The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that they welcome the budget measures addressing housing and homelessness. The homelessness and housing organisation, responding to Budget 2019 announcements so far, also expressed concern there seems to be no increase in social housing targets and no social measures to address affordability for tenants in the private rental sector. There are almost 10,000 people living in emergency accommodation and at least 100,000 households in need of social housing. The Simon Communities Pre Budget Submission 2019 details priority areas for the Government in Budget 2019 including: the Private Rental Sector, preventing homelessness, Housing First, emergency accommodation, social and affordable housing supply, health and complex needs and social welfare and income adequacy.
5 Oct 2018
Only 6% of properties are available within Rent Supplement (RS) /Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) levels, according to the Simon Communities latest Locked Out of the Market XII snapshot study, published today. There were 561 properties with no income limits available to rent across the eleven locations during this period. However, just 34 properties were available within Rent Supplement/HAP limits. The snapshot study was undertaken over three consecutive days in August 2018 (14th, 15th and 16th). The housing and homelessness organisation also launched their Pre Budget Submission 2019 detailing their priority areas for the Government in Budget 2019 including: the Private Rental Sector, preventing homelessness, Housing First, emergency accommodation, social and affordable housing supply, health and complex needs and social welfare and income adequacy.
27 Sep 2018
The Simon Communities in Ireland responded to the latest emergency accommodation report from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government by calling for clarity of the ‘reclassification’ of households removed from the numbers. The report, released today, says that 9,527 people accessed emergency accommodation.
26 Sep 2018
The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that the Housing First Implementation Plan, published today, is very welcome. The housing and homelessness organisation said Housing First is a model that has real potential to change lives and support people to leave homelessness behind for good. Critical to this is implementation; ensuring a supply of secure of affordable housing and then providing visiting support for people in that housing for as long as needed.
13 Sep 2018
The Simon Communities in Ireland have responded to initial details of the new Land Development Agency launched by the Government today. The housing and homelessness organisation said that having a Land Management Agency is positive; however they expressed concern that only 40% of affordable (30%) and social (10%) housing will be realised from the disposal of Public Lands by the Agency. This means that 60% of public land used could go towards private housing.
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