It has been noted that the problem with learning from experience is that you never graduate. Far from graduating, the government appears to have failed again when it comes to providing much-needed housing.
Despite all the clamor about the multi-year ambitions of Housing for All, we have once again set a new record for the number of people without a roof over their heads.
Under the plan, the government will spend €4 billion annually through 2030. So why was a shameful new peak of 10,568 people – including 3,137 children – reached?
More than 60,000 social housing tenants rent in the private sector, and advocates propose expanding the provision of social housing. With rents and house prices on par with the capital, it’s no surprise that 71 per cent (7,548) of these people live in Greater Dublin.
As early as December 2014, Brother Kevin Crowley asked, “Will the politicians just stop talking and take action on the ‘appalling’ housing crisis?” It was a characteristically direct and simple Mayday for the government at the time. “The whole thing is terrifying. “Stop talking, stop talking, act and these measures are housing,” he pleaded.
But as brother Kevin left Dublin for the final time last week after helping the homeless for half a century, he found himself once again denouncing the scandalous lack of progress. How could it still be the cause of why people are starving in 2022, he wondered.
He commended President Michael D. Higgins for publicly denouncing the housing crisis as “Ireland’s great, great failure.” With the kind of logic that comes from a lifetime of helping those in need, he added, “Until they start building houses for people, we’re still going to have homelessness and poverty.”
Sinn Féin blames the lifting of the ban on forced evictions last year after the pandemic. Focus Ireland Political Director Mike Allen has called for a pause in the evictions.
Simon Communities of Ireland have applied for 5,000 vacant properties to be reopened, saying the situation has never been so “bleak or so urgent”.
All of this is happening while an energy company increases the price of electricity by 35 percent and the price of gas by 29 percent.
“We think poverty is just hunger and homelessness. The poverty of being unwanted and neglected is the greatest poverty,” Mother Teresa said.
When preparing budgets, we should remember that poverty is not a natural condition. It is man-made and can be overcome through our actions if we choose to do so.
Rising costs will hit many, but none as hard as the poor.
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