Tuesday 20 February 2018

ESRI: rate of house building needs to double

Niamh Randall. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Niamh Randall. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The housing crisis looks set to continue after the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) said 25,000 houses will need to be built annually to meet the growing demands. Just 12,000 were built this year.

There are currently 5,101 people living in emergency accommodation, including 774 families. Earlier this week, the Simon Community said it had seen a 20pc increase in the number of people seeking its help and that more than 1,000 children will spend this Christmas in temporary accommodation.

National spokesperson Niamh Randall said that 2015 had been an "unprecedented year" in terms of the scale of the housing and homeless crisis.

"Looking back on this year, we can see clearly that the homeless and housing crisis has continued largely unchecked," Ms Randall said.

"The numbers in emergency accommodation have continued to rise to over 5,000 men, women and children - nearly double what they were this time last year."

The housing and homeless charity said it is supporting almost 7,500 people who are experiencing homelessness across the country.

Meanwhile, the goal of having 22 homeless families housed in modular homes before Christmas is unachievable - according to the company constructing the fabricated houses.

Work on the Poppintree site in Dublin's Ballymun stalled after contractors abandoned the site a week ago in the face of protests.

The ESRI also said that government reform policy could aid new housing development and suggested a land tax could be used as an incentive to sell vacant land.

Irish Independent

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