Tuesday , June 22 2021

At least three years until the numbers became homeless declined, the committee heard

At least it took three more years before the number of people becoming homeless began to decrease.

That was the view of Dublin's Regional Homeless Executive Director, Eileen Gleeson, who said she did not expect to see a decline in the number of people who became homeless until at least 2021.

An Oireachtas committee also heard that increasing overall supply of social housing would be important in overcoming homelessness in the long run.

"We need to get to a place where supply exceeds demand. Until we get there we will continue to experience a crisis of homelessness, "Ms Gleeson said.

He was one of a number of officials who attended a meeting of the Joint Housing, Planning, and Local Government Committee to discuss figures who had no place to live.

Ms Gleeson said they worked with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to get homeless people to the surrounding area where there was a surplus of private rental accommodation.

"There are people who are quite happy living outside the Dublin area if we can give them support under the Housing Assistance Payment scheme to do that and have no impact on their eligibility for social housing."

The scheme prevented 1,232 families from having to use emergency accommodation for the past nine months.

Prof. Eoin O’Sullivan from the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin said that 10,000 private rental housing units had been lost in just 12 months.

"So between the increase in rental rates and the loss of nearly 10,000 tenancies I suspect that within a year we will return with a higher rate of homelessness," he said.

Prof. O & # 39; Sullivan warned that there would be a family of people who were constantly heading towards homelessness until something was done to change legal rights to end tenancies.

He also referred to "hidden homelessness" – households in insecure or inadequate accommodation, indicating that there were around 35,000 households in that category this year.

Ms Gleeson said six people were killed on the streets in the Dublin region for the past 16 months, not 27 as claimed by a homeless charity.

He described the study recently completed by DRHE about deaths in the homeless population between 2005 and 2015 as "cruel".

This shows that 42 are the average age of those who died. For men, 44 years old and for women, that's 37.

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