Sunday 21 January 2018

Chronic housing crisis is still going strong a century on

In 1916, Dublin was in the midst of a housing crisis. Due to a chronic housing shortage, tens of thousands of families were crowded into unsafe and unsanitary tenement accommodation.

It wasn't unusual for an entire family to occupy one room. Most people rented their homes, and due to the mismatch between supply and demand, rents were high and evictions were common.

Overcrowding and the prevalence of communicable diseases like TB resulted in high mortality rates.

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