800 new properties in Dublin to be provided in bid to tackle homeless crisis
Environment Minister Alan Kelly has announced the provision of 800 new properties in Dublin in the latest effort to tackle the homeless crisis
Many of the properties are being bought or leased by the State through Dublin City Council.
Mr Kelly has been criticised over the Government's response to the homeless crisis by campaigners such as Fr Peter McVerry.
Speaking at the announcement of the new measures at a homeless shelter in Dublin City today, the minister said "a huge amount is being done and more has to be done".
"A package has been put together and it is being worked on.
"We need cooperation with the agencies, local authorities and many other state departments. We need to ensure that everybody is working together.
"We have never seen a situation of this scale. There is more being done, more funding being put into homelessness. It’s not about funding. If more funding is required, we will deliver it. It’s not about funding, I am convinced about that.
"We need more focus on the various different agencies and groups working together. I’m going to ensure that happens.
"There is a huge amount of funding that goes into this. It’s about how they can work together.
"We are producing more buildings than has ever been produced before. I am committed to building houses that have never been committed before. Everything that can be done is being done."