Housing Plan and Short Term Letting Rules

Posted June 5th, 2019

At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government I gave an update on the Rebuilding Ireland plan and we also discussed the new regulations for short term letting. You can read my contribution below.

As I have stated on many occasions, supporting families and individuals experiencing homelessness continues to be a priority for this Government and for me, as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. That is why we are so focused on the accelerated delivery of social, affordable and private housing and the reform of our rental sector and planning system. This morning the Department is publishing the homelessness report for April. The report shows that in April there was an overall increase of 73 people in emergency accommodation. The report also shows that there was a reduction of four families and 27 dependants from March.

In Dublin, where the problem of family homelessness is most pronounced, we are seeing some positive results arising from the prevention work being carried out by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. In the first four months of the year, one in two families presenting to homeless services in the Dublin region were prevented from having to enter emergency accommodation. That is progress but is nowhere near enough. We are also seeing increased exits with 329 families exiting emergency accommodation to a home in the first four months of this year. So some improvements and some progress but there is still a very big challenge ahead.

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You can watch a video of the committee proceedings here.