Mike Allen

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Father Peter McVerry: welcomed the expansion of the Housing First programme which moves people straight from rough sleeping into housing

The test of the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness will be “when we see roofs over people’s heads”, Focus Ireland said. The homel(...)

Forward planning is vital if the housing needs of an aging population are to be met close to amenities and transport services. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

An increase in rent supplement is only part of the solution to the housing crisis, according to Mike Allen of Focus Ireland. The increase, which is (...)

The latest figures show there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Homeless children are being accommodated on blow-up beds in adult hostels as the number of families in emergency accommodation has passed 1,000 for th(...)

Focus Ireland said “the whole property market is a pile of carrots already” and “a few more sticks might be part of the answer”. Photograph: PA

Landlords should face penalties if they leave homes empty, rather than being offered “carrots” encouraging them to rent them out, said a leading homel(...)

Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes and her guide dog Quilla were placed in John’s Lane West hostel in Dublin a month ago after being attacked on the streets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Almost 150 former rough sleepers face a return to sleeping on the streets as two Dublin hostels close in the next fortnight. The 42-bed John’s Lane W(...)

Homeless families in hotels and B&Bs will be counted in the census later this month, for the first time. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Homeless families in hotels and B&Bs will be counted in the census later this month, for the first time. While hotel and B&B guests are coun(...)

The homelessness forum heard that 80,000 homes were required nationally, 35,000 of them in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

The Constitutional protection of private property has blocked several measures to tackle to housing and homelessness crises and must be re-examined, M(...)

Sleeping rough in Dublin. Focus Ireland’s director of advocacy Mike Allen criticised the last government’s policies which “helped transform the housing crisis into a homeless emergency”

Housing charity Focus Ireland wants the right to a home to be added to the Constitution to balance the interests of hard-pressed families and so-call(...)

Mike Allen of Focus Ireland said the repossessions are often carried out by banks owned by the Irish people. Photograph: Eric Luke

Repossessions in the buy-to-let sector now account for up to half of all families becoming homeless in Dublin, with poverty a major factor in three-q(...)

More families became homeless in Dublin last month than in any previous month on record, the latest figures show. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More families became homeless in Dublin last month than in any previous month on record, the latest figures show. Some 134 families, including 269 c(...)

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