Housing Crisis Eclipsed by Brexit in Budget 2020 -
By Laura Finn - Project Leader
Budget 2020 has seen the housing crisis eclipsed by a possible Brexit crisis, and that deepens the complexity of solving the biggest and most widespread issue facing modern Ireland. That’s according to the Simon Communities of Ireland. While welcoming the Government’s commitments to Rebuilding Ireland, it warns that much more substantive and timely interventions are needed to solve Ireland’s housing crisis.
Commenting, Simon Communities Head of Policy and Communications, Wayne Stanley said: “It is clear that Budget 2020 is a Brexit Budget and that the Government has reason to be cautious: in this context, the Government’s commitments to Rebuilding Ireland are to be welcomed. That said, even in a Brexit environment, Ireland is in a housing crisis and simply meeting the Rebuilding Ireland commitments is not enough to address homelessness, which continues to rise at an alarming rate. In the past 12 months, the number of people in emergency accommodation in the Southwest (Cork and Kerry) has risen by 32%; Galway has seen a year-on-year increase of 20%, and in Dublin the number of people in emergency accommodation has increased by 8%. These figures show that Rebuilding Ireland is not driving the level of change in our housing system that is required to end homelessness. We are concerned that the €20million allocated to homeless service will simply be swallowed up meeting the costs of people entering emergency accommodation.
“Our housing system is broken and structural change is required. While measures such as the help-to-buy commitment and a credit union funding vehicle for Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) are to be welcomed, we call on the Government to urgently move to a more innovative government-led cost rental model: quality, affordable housing built by the State using low cost loans.
He added: “This is a Brexit Budget that does not seem to see the response to housing and homelessness as needing a crisis response. With an election likely early next year, the cycle of government formation, programme development, policy development and ‘bedding in’ that follows an election can mean that this Budget sets the trajectory on housing and homelessness for the next 18 months.”
Feb 26, 2018
Simon Communities of Ireland Annual Report
By Annual Report - Joanna Kelly
Homelessness in Ireland
Tragically, the number of people in need of our support has drastically increased as the homeless crisis has spiraled. The latest figures available demonstrate that during one week in December 2017, there were 8,587 people living in emergency accommodation, including 3,544 adults without dependents in their care. There were also 1,408 families composed of 1,964 adults and 3,709 children.
With your support the Simon Community can continue to provide essential services to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
About the Simon Communities of Ireland
The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 45 years, and continue to be a shining light of hope for people in their darkest hour of need.
Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open. For more information please log on to www.simon.ie
Our services range from
Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk.
Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence.
Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety.
Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.
The Simon Communities of Ireland
Cork Simon Community (Cork, Kerry)
Dublin Simon Community (Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow)
Dundalk Simon Community (Louth, Meath, Cavan, and Monaghan)
Galway Simon Community (Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon)
Midlands Simon Community (Longford, Westmeath, Laois, and Offaly)
Mid West Simon Community (Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary)
North West Simon Community (Donegal, Sligo, and Leitrim)
South East Simon Community (Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, and Kilkenny)
The Simon Voices Newsletter is based around the the Simon Involvement and Action Group. It outlines the key events and activities taken place over the Summer period in 2017. The Simon Voices is produced by users of Simon Services for Simon users nationally.
To give you an insight, of what the Simon Involvement and Action Group is about, they want to change the way that people experiencing homelessness are portrayed.
The Simon Communities in Ireland is an affiliation of local Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the South East, the North West and the Mid West. Simon Communities across the country provide support and services to over 8,000 people and their families experiencing or at risk of homelessness every year.