Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the government’s plans for tackling the crisis in housing and homelessness as “woefully inadequate and incapable of providing the homes needed by the tens of thousands on the waiting list.”
Gerry Adams said:
“According to a report by Focus Ireland there were only 118 social housing units built in Louth in 2017. 25 of these were constructed by Louth County Council and 93 by approved housing bodies. At the same time there were 2,249 households designated as having a housing need. At this rate it would be almost 20 years before the last of those currently on the Louth list would be housed. Across the state there are tens of thousands of households on waiting lists that stand immune to an inadequate government housing strategy.
The cross party special Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness recommended that at least 10,000 units needed to be constructed by local authorities and approved housing bodies every year. This year the government plans to fund just 5,869 real social houses, This is down almost 500 on last year. We also know that only 780 social homes were built by local authorities 2017. At this rate there is little sign of hope for those on the waiting list in Louth.
The reality is that the government’s strategy is not working in Louth or across the state. The statistics are stark. Exactly two years ago when Rebuilding Ireland was launched by the government there were 6,525 people, including 2,348 children living in emergency accommodation. In May 2018 there were 9,846, including 3,826 children living in emergency accommodation.
The government needs to go back to the drawing board. It must prioritise funding for local authorities who have a key role to play in ending the housing crisis.”