Wednesday 19 September 2018

Now is the time to make having a home a constitutional right

Recent stark statistics about the housing crisis show a new approach is urgently needed, writes Jennifer Thompson

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA

Jennifer Thompson

There has been much commentary over recent weeks in relation to the persistent homelessness crisis. Publications by and the Economic Social Research Institute (ESRI) provided a further stark reminder of the dangers of relying on the dysfunctional housing market to address our housing and homelessness crisis. Rents are now 61pc higher than at their lowest point at the end of 2011, and for the sixth quarter in a row, the increase in rents has remained above 10pc.

Meanwhile, the ESRI predicts that house prices could rise by 20pc over the next three years.

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) members are seeing on a weekly basis the reality and hearing the stories of the individuals and families behind these statistics and trends.

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