A conference on Homelessness in Donegal saw a packed venue at the Radisson Blu in Letterkenny on 27th October where over 150 people attended.
The event was organised by Housing Rights Awareness with Frankie Healy co-chairing the event for the evening as the problem of hidden homelessness in Donegal and the Government’s response was discussed in detail.
Deputy Pringle told the event it was humbling to see how concerned people are about homelessness in Donegal. While official numbers don’t reach the thousands as they do in Dublin, people here feel that hidden homeless is reaching unacceptable levels and that something needs to be done before the problem gets worse. They’re aware that the Government’s priorities lie elsewhere which they feel is not good enough.”
“While official numbers don’t reach the thousands as they do in Dublin, people here feel that hidden homeless is reaching unacceptable levels and that something needs to be done before the problem gets worse. They’re aware that the Government’s priorities lie elsewhere which they feel is not good enough.”
“Twice I introduced legislation to have the right to housing recognised in the Constitution and twice Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted it down. People deserve a Government that protects their interests over the interests of the private sector. Anything different is just plain dangerous” concludes Pringle.
Fr Peter McVerry spoke of the changing profile of those entering homelessness:
“It used to be mainly people with drug and alcohol problems but now we’re seeing families and even people with jobs. The cause of the homelessness problem is we stopped building social housing. Over the next 10 years the Government will transfer €7.5 billion to private sector landlords and not one social house will be built” he concluded.
“The main problem with HAP is the insecurity. We need to build social homes as the only solution. It’s about handing over keys to people,” he said.
David Hall of iCARE Housing said plainly “There are 17,000 people before the courts at the moment in danger of losing their home and 32,000 people in arrears. We have a housing crisis but with thousands more close to losing their homes, this will turn crisis into a catastrophe”.
Article written by stephen from the Donegal Daily October 27, 2017