Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West and Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Committee John Curran says Government needs to show a greater commitment and urgency to actually implement policy to address the housing crisis.
Deputy Curran made the comments in response to a reply from Minister Coveney to a Parliamentary Question on the Government’s progress to date to build 200 new Rapid Build Homes by the end of 2016.
Deputy Curran said: “The Government’s report on housing ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ was launched four months ago and was specific in regard to a range of actions. It’s very first action was to provide 1,500 new units to move families out of emergency accommodation. 200 of these were to be provided in Quarter 4 of 2016.
The Minister has now confirmed to me in a Parliamentary Question that a total of 22 rapid build units have been built. We are now well into Quarter 4 of this year and little urgency is being shown to implement the plan in order to tackle the crisis that is homelessness for many families living in hotels and B&B’s.
22 completed units at this stage in the year out of a plan to build 200 by the end of the year is very disappointing, this plan is making very little progress to move the unacceptable level of families in emergency accommodation into suitable homes.
If the implementation of this report was being carried out in a timely fashion we should be rapidly reducing the number of homeless people, but the situation is getting worse. This is very frustrating for me as a local representative, only this morning news to my office came of two local people sleeping rough in Clondalkin village. However the housing action plan is yet to increase the supply of housing and move families out of emergency accommodation,” concluded Deputy Curran.