Prom­ises bro­ken and tar­gets missed in wors­en­ing cri­sis

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

n 9,872:

In July last year, Tá­naiste and then min­is­ter for hous­ing Si­mon Coveney promised he would get fam­i­lies out of un­suit­able emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion in ho­tels and B&Bs around the coun­try. Lat­est fig­ures show there are 9,872 were liv­ing in emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion.

n 24%:

The num­ber of home­less peo­ple has risen by 24% since June 2017 when Eoghan Mur­phy was ap­pointed as Hous­ing Min­is­ter. De­spite con­sis­tent pledges by Min­is­ter Mur­phy to tackle the is­sue, the num­bers have con­tin­ued to rise.

n 208:

Some Gov­ern­ment schemes have failed to reach their tar­gets of get­ting

homes into the mar­ket. At the end of 2017 the Gov­ern­ment missed its tar­get of build­ing 1,000 rapid-build homes, de­liv­er­ing just 208.

n 85,799:

The Gov­ern­ment has pledged to build or ac­quire more than 100,000 so­cial hous­ing units by 2021 as part of its pledge to tackle the hous­ing cri­sis – there are cur­rently 85,799 house­holds on the so­cial hous­ing wait­ing list.

n 334:

The Gov­ern­ment is sit­ting on vast tracts of land – a to­tal of 334 sites – that are ly­ing idle across the coun­try. Ear­lier this year the Na­tional Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil urged the State to look at lands in its pos­ses­sion as pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions to build so­cial hous­ing.

AWAY: Eoghan Mur­phy

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