Friday 18 August 2017

Letters: Too many broken 'promises' as homeless crisis worsens

Brother Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin day centre. Photo: Tony Gavin
Brother Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin day centre. Photo: Tony Gavin

Having journeyed with people who are homeless or in need since 1969, I am appalled that despite being alerted to the increase in numbers of people accessing services such as the Capuchin Day Centre, the current housing crisis has been allowed to develop and it took until two days before an election before it reached the agenda of the Oireachtas.

We became aware of the new situation regarding homeless families in early 2013 when parents asked for take-away food for their children because they had no access to food or other facilities in the evening.

Every day here in the Capuchin Day Centre we meet with the tragic human casualties of failed government policies that have reached a new height in social neglect by those charged with "cherishing all the children of the state equally" (the very principle that our forefathers gave their lives for).

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