Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

On November 18th last year, on the floor of Leinster House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is n(...)

 Dermot Bannon launches the annual campaign with Lauren (3) and Jessica Walsh (5) from Ranelagh. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The popular annual Simon Open Door campaign is on next month, so get your name in early for a consultation.Now in its 11th year, the event, which has (...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the launch of the Social Housing Strategy 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

The new social housing strategy has received a broad welcome from groups working with the homeless and from the voluntary housing sector.However, supp(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rent supplement rates will not be increased, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has indicated. A review of rent supple(...)

Although the €5 per month increase in child benefit is welcome, it should be seen against a backdrop of a €36 cut to the basic rate since 2009

Budget 2015 does not herald a recovery that is fully committed to those who have been most devastated by six years of cuts, according to the Society o(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

A lack of available rental properties, rising rents and restrictive rent caps were all feeding into the housing and homeless crises in Ireland, said Niamh Randell, national spokeswoman for Simon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Current rent allowance caps mean families on rent supplement are extremely restricted in entering the private rental market in Dublin due to a lack(...)

A new homelessness is emerging, growing in number and with children at the centre of it. Where the homeless population has traditionall(...)

Latest figures show that the numbers sleeping rough in the capital have increased by 50 per cent since April last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

More than 170 homeless families are living in hotels across the capital as authorities struggle to cope with an unprecedented (...)