Sunday 17 December 2017

Coveney's rent plan is flawed - but it's a start

Housing Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke
Housing Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke


This is the season when children take part in nativity plays and we celebrate kind-hearted inn-keepers and cosy mangers where a child can be brought into the world, in the certainty of security and shelter. The latest figures on homelessness in Dublin are a challenge to our spirit of goodwill.

There were 5,146 adults and children in emergency accommodation last month, a 35pc increase in the year.

So we need to be doing much better. Yesterday, Housing Minister Simon Coveney attempted to do just that with a series of measures to ease upward pressure on rents. Some weeks back, Mr Coveney set himself an ambitious task of having no family in a hotel room through homelessness by the middle of next year.

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