Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary says urgent action is needed to tackle the escalating homeless crisis.

Deputy Calleary commented, “Fine Gael and Labour must not neglect the housing crisis in the wake of the General Election. Both parties remain in Government and they have a responsibility to ensure that the state is doing all it can to help people who have become homeless, and to assist families at risk of losing their home.

“We can’t afford to take our eye off the ball while we wait for a new Government to be formed. The latest figures show that more families became homeless in Dublin last month than in any previous month on record. Over 1,600 children remain in emergency accommodation while more and more families are presenting themselves to homelessness services each week.

“Securing home ownership and tackling homelessness is a key priority for Fianna Fáil in Government. The years 2011 to 2015 saw by far the lowest social housing construction and provision since records began in 1970. Fine Gael and Labour’s failure to invest in housing has given rise to this crisis. Furthermore their refusal to increase Rent Supplement thresholds or put a stay on mortgage repossessions is forcing people out of their homes.

“Fianna Fáil has put forward a clear, fully costed plan to tackle this crisis head on focusing on Public, Private and Rental areas. In Government, we will prioritise keeping families in their homes and increasing housing supply. Our policy – set out in our ‘National Housing Roadmap’ will directly fund the construction of 45,000 social homes by 2021 and stimulate the construction of 105,000 private homes by 2021,” said Deputy Calleary.