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Land Development Agency welcome but Simon Communities concerned by a potential reliance on the private sector

Housing and homelessness organisation welcome long term approach to land management

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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Simon Communities respond as new Emergency Accommodation Figures are released

Numbers in need of social housing or secure rental accommodation remains too high

29 Aug 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that the numbers of people trapped in emergency accommodation have increased again and have hit yet another record high of 9,891, according to figures released for July 2018 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. 

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92% of rental properties beyond Rent Supplement/HAP payments

One or no properties within RS/HAP limits were available in eight of the eleven study areas

16 Aug 2018

The Simon Communities latest Locked Out of the Market XI snapshot study, published today, shows that only 8% of properties are available within Rent Supplement (RS) /Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) levels. The snapshot study was undertaken over three consecutive days in May 2018 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd). There were just 530 properties available to rent with no income limits across the eleven locations during this period. This is a decrease of 54% when compared to the first Locked Out of the Market study in May 2015 when there were 1,150 properties available.

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Simon Communities respond to Government’s Vacant Housing Strategy

Housing and homelessness organisation welcome announcement but say greater detail is required.

27 Jul 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have welcomed the publication of the Government’s National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy. The housing and homelessness organisation said that, in the short term, focusing on vacant housing offers obvious opportunities to provide permanent homes for those that need them urgently.

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Simon Communities respond as new Emergency Accommodation Figures are at the highest level ever recorded at 9,872

Numbers in need of social housing remain too high

24 Jul 2018

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that the numbers of people trapped in emergency accommodation have increased again and have hit yet another record high, according to figures released for June 2018 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. 

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