Fr Peter McVerry said that hitherto, the issue of homelessness was not a major issue for the main political parties as they didn’t see the homeless as voters. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry has backed a call by founder of Focus Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to hold a referendum on the right t(...)

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy called for a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the Constitution. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Homelessness campaigner Sister Stanislaus Kennedy has called for a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the constitution. Speaking at the Ma(...)

‘We have allowed our people’s most basic requirement – a place to call home, a place where they can live their lives and bring up their children in security, privacy and safety — to become a debased currency.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The need for a coherent national housing policy has never been greater as we attempt to grapple with the legacy of failure from the past three decades(...)

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A referendum should be held to enshrine economic, social and cultural rights in the Constitution, a network of advocacy groups has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A referendum should be held to enshrine economic, social and cultural rights in the Constitution, a network of advocacy groups has said. The Communit(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time since the homelessness crisis began last year. The latest figures fr(...)

Rent supplement rates have been allowed to fall well behind real market rents forcing some families into homelessness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The biggest single reason driving the rise in homelessness is the number of families unable to meet the rents being charged by their landlords, an Oir(...)

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Roughan McNamara, campaigns and advocacy manager with Focus Ireland, said: “We are starting to see people in mortgage arrears coming to our services looking for advice. The majority at this stage are looking to know what their options are, though some are already homeless.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Households in mortgage arrears are seeking support from homelessness charities in increasing numbers. Roughan McNamara, campaigns and advocacy manage(...)