Call for action on homelessness

Minister of State for Housing Jan O?Sullivan's department  in 'complex negotiations' with Nama. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Housing Jan O?Sullivan's department in 'complex negotiations' with Nama. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 00:00

It would be possible to end homelessness by 2016, groups working with the homeless have said, though they warned resources must be targeted at the goal without delay.

 

In a broad welcome for the Government target to eliminate homelessness in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising - announced this morning - housing and anti-poverty charities warned words must be followed “immediately” by action.

The Minister of State for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, published a Homelessness Policy Statement which commits Government to prioritising the provision of long-term housing as early as possible, rather than putting homeless people through a process of short- and medium-term housing ’steps’.

She said her Department, as well as local authorities, had been in complex discussions with Nama, about the release of about 3,000 dwellings into the sector and that these discussions were beginning to bear fruit.

This re-orientation towards a ’housing led’ approach to homelessness follows review of the last Government’s ’The Way Home’ strategy by Professor Eoin O’Sullivan of the School of Social Policy at Trinity College, Dublin.

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