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New scheme announced in budget to provide homes for homeless Dublin families

Published 17/10/2013 | 13:31

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A NEW scheme unveiled in the budget is set to provide housing to homeless families in Dublin.

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There are currently around 16,000 people on the housing list in Dublin city.

The new Social Impact Investment scheme is currently seeking private investment for the pilot phase of the initiative.

The Department of the Environment will spend around 70pc of its budget next year on supporting housing.

185 new units will be provided,  while 4,400 leased units will be provided next year.

Dublin South Central TD Catherine Byrne said: “The majority of people who attend my clinics have problems with housing. Many of those who are trying to get housing have been on the list for more than ten years.

“It is a disgrace that so many people were not housed during the boom years under the last Government when much more money was available.

“The new Social Impact Investment scheme is to be welcomed for its focus on adult homelessness. It will also seek to help families and children through a focus on increased levels of school participation and reduced levels of anti-social behaviour; protecting the most vulnerable in society.”

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