Fianna Fáil today launched its plan to secure homeownership and tackle the homelessness crisis. The plan forms one of the four core priorities of its “An Ireland for all” general election campaign. Fianna Fáil is committed to building 150,000 new homes by 2021 including 45,000 new social housing units. Tackling the housing crisis is broken down across 3 critical areas of public, private and rental.

Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen declared, “This housing crisis is a damming indictment of failed Government policy. Social housing waiting lists have blown up from 90,000 to 140,000 under Fine Gael and Labour.   Public and private housing has ground to halt; 1600 children are in emergency accommodation and a generation of people are being denied the opportunity to own their own home. Fianna Fáil has prioritised housing in our manifesto and has set out a clear, fully costed plan to tackle the crisis head on”.

1. Public
– €5.4 bn social housing programme to build 45,000 social housing units
– Restore Part V to 20%

2. Private
– A new Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to take the lead on dealing with the crisis
– A National Home Building Bond to finance development
– A First Time Buyers Savings Scheme

3. Homeless & Rental
– Raise rent supplement in Dublin
– Ensure new social housing units from part of the “Housing First Strategy”

“These four areas will ensure that people have a roof over their head and a chance to own their own home. This is an issue of basic decency; no Government should stand over a situation where children are being brought up in cramped hotel rooms. Fine Gael and Labour have created a housing emergency as a result of their failure to invest in social housing and stimulate the private construction industry. We will ensure that home building is a core priority in Government,” Deputy Cowen concluded.