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Minister Coveney addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness

Jun 03, 2016

Minister Coveney addressed the Special Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness on 2nd June 2016.

 

The Minister has been tasked with preparing an ‘Action Plan for Housing’  and will build on the considerable work already carried out or underway and will draw on the important work carried out by the Committee. The plan will include actions to expedite and boost supply of all types of housing, including social housing, in the immediate, medium and longer-terms.  The lack of supply of housing in the right locations is the critical factor underpinning the current crisis.

 

It is recognised that If ordinary people are spending more and more of their income on rents and mortgages, that leaves less for the many other demands of life and this affects the real economy and peoples’ quality of life.   It also puts many working families in more precarious financial positions and at risk of homelessness. 

 

As of April (week of 18th - 24th) there were 888 families with 1,786 dependents in homeless accommodation. The Minister emphasised the importance of tackling the issue of families in emergency accommodation by expediting solutions such as the rapid build programme.

 

Key actions already taken:

 

  • Part V has been reformed to make delivery of social houses possible and wider developments viable,
  • Development contributions have been retrospectively lowered and a rebate Scheme for housing at more affordable prices in Dublin and Cork put in place,
  • A Vacant Site Levy was introduced,
  • New rent measures were put in place,
  • Apartment Guidelines were re-issued to ensure that much needed supply could be viable,
  • NAMA has outlined its’ programme to fund development of 20,000 new homes, and,
  • A €500m “Activate Capital” NTMA development finance package was put in place.

 

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