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# Housing Crisis

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# Your Say
Poll: Do you think this government can fix Ireland's housing problems?
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said he is “confident” the government will “make real strides” with housing.
Dr Rory Hearne: We should not be fooled by the latest Government spin on investor funds
In a follow-up to his housing article last week, Dr Hearne says Government is merely keen for the investment fund issue to drop from the headlines.
Larry Donnelly: The message to Irish politicians this week was 'It's housing, stupid'
Our columnist takes a look at a return to Irish politics as we knew it this week, with housing again front and centre.
# Housing Crisis
Over 1,000 people with status to remain are stuck in Direct Provision as they can't find other housing
Eoin Ó Broin says these people should be included in the government’s homelessness figures.
# cuckoo funds
Govt accused of frustrating 'hopes and dreams' of families as it commits to action on global funds buying housing estates
The Housing Minister has said that proposals could be tabled as early as next week.
# Housing Crisis
Prices for homes outside Dublin soar amid new pandemic-prompted working arrangements
Outside Dublin, house prices were up by 4.3% and apartment prices up by 9.6%.
# Housing Crisis
House prices jumped by an average of €20,000 in the last 12 months as supply fell significantly
In Dublin, prices rose by 6.9% in the year to March 2021, but the largest increases were seen in the counties surrounding Dublin and in the other cities.
# Housing Crisis
Phased return of construction from 12 April criticised as 'economic and societal own goal'
The Taoiseach said that the resumption of house builds from 12 April includes home refurbishments.
# Homeless
Slight decrease of 75 in February homelessness figures
February stats show that there are 8,238 people in emergency accommodation.
# Housing Crisis
Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.
# Housing
Hundreds of tenants in rent arrears sent removal notices before Christmas despite Covid-19 eviction ban
An eviction ban for those in arrears has been in place across the country since late October,
# Housing Crisis
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
The lockdown will mean housing targets could be off by between 6,500 and 7,000 new homes,
# Homelessness
'Post-Covid we'll go back to where we were': More than 60% of properties still cost more than HAP limits
Homeless numbers are down but Simon Communities says the full impact of the pandemic will only be seen when restrictions are lifted permanently.
# Housing Crisis
Working from home prompts more houses being bought outside urban areas - surveyors
Surveyors predict a 4% rise in house prices in Ireland in 2021.
# Housing Crisis
Covid-19 eviction moratorium helped families - but did not reduce homelessness among single adults
There were 4,495 adults without child dependents classified as homeless nationally in October.
# Housing Crisis
Government expects 25,000 new homes built in 2021 - half by State or approved housing bodies
The shutdown of the industry slowed progress this year but it is unlikely further lockdowns would stop construction.
# Housing Crisis
Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet
Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.
# Dublin
Tánaiste says homeless deaths 'fill us all with sorrow' and that 'beds were available'
The bodies of two men were found in different areas of Dublin city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Opinion: It's time for courage - Rebuilding Ireland is dysfunctional and must be replaced
Dr Rory Hearne says the Government’s housing model is fundamentally flawed and it’s time for a complete overhaul of the system.
# Rent
Rent costs rise in four of Ireland's five major cities
Rent prices in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford cities have risen compared to last year.
# Budget 2021
Social housing: Government pledges €500 million to build 9,500 new units next year
Michael McGrath said the State “needs to place a much greater emphasis” on directly building social and affordable housing.
# Housing
Co-living developer seeks meeting with housing minister over 'sustained misinformed public commentary'
The request comes as the minister carries out a review on whether co-living developments should be banned.
# kenilworth motors
Another Dublin 6 co-living development labelled 'totally incompatible' in the age of Covid
With a review underway into the permission for a development in Rathmines, another application for Harold’s Cross is being considered.
# Housing Crisis
ESRI says affordability pressures for renters 'likely to worsen'
Renters are more likely to work in the sectors worst hit by the pandemic.
Eoin Ó Broin: Now is the time for the Government to borrow and invest in public housing
Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin says the new government has already reneged on its promises in relation to housing.
# covid19
Call for banks to reverse 'de-facto ban' on mortgage approval for wage subsidy recipients
Applicants who received approval before the Covid-19 crisis have had approval pulled.
# Homelessness
Homeless figures: 459 fewer people in emergency accommodation in May
The total number of homeless people in Ireland is currently 8,876.
# Housing Crisis
Warning over 'second wave' of homelessness in coming months
Charities are asking the government to take action to prevent more homelessness in the wake of the pandemic.
# Housing Crisis
Not-for-profit housing associations provided 41% of social housing in 2019
The figures were released in the Irish Council for Social Housing’s activity report for 2019.
# Social Welfare
Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
The number of households on the payment has risen by 5,136 since mid-March.
# Social Welfare
Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
Housing groups have warned that Ireland could see a rise in evictions as a result of the crisis.
'We must protect Generation Rent from the effects of the Covid-19 crisis'
Dr Michael Byrne of UCD welcomes new measures to protect tenants but says they should not be left to pick up the pieces once the virus passes.
# rebuilding ireland
Under 6,000 new social houses built in 2019 as government misses target again
Just 5,771 new builds were delivered to the government last year.
# The other crisis
'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis
There has been a 15% increase in the number of people receiving Rent Supplement since Covid-19 restrictions began.
# Housing
Number of rental properties continues to rise - but charity says former Airbnbs won't solve housing crisis
A new report by the Simon Communities says new properties are out of reach of HAP customers.
# Housing Crisis
House completions likely to 'dry up' as homes on sale at lowest level since 2006 says that this is the first time since late 2006 that fewer than 20,000 homes have been on the market.
# frontline lifeline is helping provide free accommodation for doctors and nurses battling the Covid-19 pandemic
It’s expected that a feature allowing doctors and nurses to self-isolate outside of hospitals will be live by next week.
# February figures
February figures show number of people in emergency accommodation fell to 10,148
Eoghan Murphy said that his priority during the Covid-19 pandemic would be the safety of those in emergency accommodation.
Opinion: Renters should not be left with a debt burden after Covid-19, writes Eoin Ó Broin
The Sinn Féin TD says where renters can’t pay, landlords must be guaranteed a mortgage moratorium.
Opinion: Adult children still at home? There's no blueprint for this time
Like so many parents in Ireland in a difficult housing market, Ruth Deasy had to share her home with her two grown sons.