Monday 20 November 2017

At least 142 people sleeping rough in Dublin as Council announces additional 230 beds

File photo of a homeless person resting on a bench.
File photo of a homeless person resting on a bench. Newsdesk Newsdesk

DUBLIN City Council has announced that it will make an additional 230 beds available as it has been revealed 142 people are currently sleeping rough on Dublin's streets.

There are currently 4,852 bed-spaces available in the capital, however this will increase to 5,082 by the 9th of December.

The council said the move is designed to ensure no one will have to sleep rough in the city.

Of the 142 persons discovered by the winter count, 65 persons have previously accessed homeless emergency accommodation services and 16 persons have not accessed such services. This detail is unknown for 61 persons who were bedded down and asleep during the count.

The 230 bed spaces are distributed across four new emergency accommodation facilities with each having a dedicated NGO service provider attached to it.

Each of the NGOs has extensive experience in the delivery of services to persons who are homeless and have staff with the required skills and competencies.

Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities , said the rental crisis is fuelling the homelessness issue in the capital: "Many of the people who are becoming homeless are coming from the Private Rental Sector. The Private Rental Sector strategy must include rent certainty linking rents to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Such a measure was supported on the cross party report from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness.

"It is also crucial to enhance security of tenure for both landlords and tenants. At a minimum the six months probationary period should be removed and the indefinite leases should be introduced, whereby a tenant could only lose their tenancy due to a serious breach of the lease agreement.

"In addition, landlords with more than three properties should not be able to invoke Section 34 of the Residential Tenancies Act in order to issue notice of termination to tenants. We highlighted many of these issues in our submission to the Department of Housing, Planning, Communities and Local Government on the Private Rented Sector.

"People renting their homes must have the security of knowing that their rents are in line with real market rates. Keeping people in the homes that they already have is vital to stop the flow of people into homelessness. Rent Supplement/HAP limits need to be monitored bi-annually to ensure that they are kept in line with every increasing market rents. The solutions to this crisis involve preventing people from losing their homes and providing access to decent, affordable housing."

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