Fr Peter McVerry: called on Minister to increase rent supplement and bring in rent controls. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The Government could control rents rather than leaving them to the markets, a conference on homelessness has been told.Impact general secretary Shay (...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next drugs rehabilitation centre or shelter for the homeless should be established on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the Seanad has heard.Independent (...)

Irene Dunne working on the Tenancy Protection Service helpline in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A helpline for families at risk of homelessness has been able to assist a quarter of callers successfully to remain in their homes since it started t(...)

 The group  says that cutting the windfall tax on property that is rezoned from agricultural use to residential to the standard 33 per cent rate, from its current 85 per cent level, would help speed up the supply of suitable land. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cutting the windfall tax on rezoned land and reducing the VAT on building houses in October’s budget would help boost the supply of residential accomm(...)

Threshold noted that, in the two-and-a-half weeks since the launch of a new scheme, they had been contacted by 180 families at risk of homelessness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The poorest 10 per cent in Irish society must be “front and centre” in planning for Budget 2015, according to St , one of 37 organisations taking par(...)

Minister Jan O’Sullivan with Vincent Hickey of SCSI

Getting a deposit back on a rental property often leaves the renter feeling guilty until proven innocent and ultimately short changed. A new guide pub(...)

Catherine Murphy TD (Independent) says that people needing housing assistance will have been “abandoned to the private sector”

The controversial new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), which is to replace rent allowance from next year, will not work as promised without a major s(...)

Threshold’s Bob Jordan: “There needs to be a root-and-branch review of the private rented market.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A new information and advocacy campaign, aimed at families at risk of homelessness in the Dublin region, “is a very welcome step but not a panacea ”,(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton says a new housing initiative is being introduced  to ensure families at risk of losing private rented accommodation will have “more timely and appropriate” interventions made on their behalf.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new housing initiative is being brought in to ensure families at risk of losing private rented accommodation will have “more timely and appropriate”(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: Initiative well received. Photograph: Eric Luke

Housing bodies and charities welcomed the implementation plan, but warned it would not stem increasing homelessness without a parallel increased avail(...)