Homeless Charity ‘extremely disappointed’ over decision not to extend Eviction Ban

by Gazette Reporter
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Homeless Charity Depaul has expressed extreme disappointment and concern over the decision not to extend the eviction ban as temporary accommodation services are already at capacity.

Chief Executive David Carroll said: “The moratorium on evictions has been successful in preventing the scale of evictions which would have been beyond the capacity of homeless services. Any significant increase in presentations will be very difficult to deal with. The moratorium was designed to buy us time to increase supply and target those most at risk of eviction and this has not been fully achieved.”

Mr Carroll called for a focused and targeted extension to allow for specific measures to be implemented that could assist small landlords and renters. 

“Whilst the government announced intention to purchase 1,500 properties from landlords and lease another 1,000 units for homeless people, Depaul has one key question as to what the temporary accommodation plan over the next few weeks and months will be in order to deal with short term pressures? Depaul will be working with statutory agencies in order to understand what steps will be taken in this area.”

“With approximately 3,000 Notices to quit being issued up to the end of June 2022 we are expecting an unprecedented demand for our emergency accommodation services. We understand the complexities of the decision but there is widespread angst across the sector as we prepare to deal with what may come.”

“Depaul currently provides 626  temporary accommodation beds across Ireland, with waiting lists for many of our services. For the last 18 months, homelessness has increased by almost 40% with 11,754 people currently accessing emergency accommodation. “Housing supply is unlikely to  meet the needs of those within our services in 2023. It is imperative that we understand where the additional temporary accommodation  will be found to deal with the inevitable increased presentations to homelessness.   

“Now that the decision has been made it is important that the government focuses on  the specific measures required to target those private rented tenancies that are most at risk.  Young people and single people accessing the private rental sector will be severely impacted by today’s decision. Almost one in two people accessing our emergency accommodation services are aged between 18-30 years old. Therefore, it’s essential that we target young people who may enter  Temporary accommodation for the first time in the coming months  to get them  back into the community and  into long term housing. If we allow people to have prolonged periods in temporary accommodation it will create longer problems for those young people,” he pointed out

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