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#Housing Crisis

From TheJournal.ie Development of 88 apartments at former Phoenix Park racecourse gets green light Housing

Development of 88 apartments at former Phoenix Park racecourse gets green light

An Bord Pleanala granted permission for the development after an appeal.

From TheJournal.ie 'Government policy is failing': Thousands gather in Dublin to protest against housing crisis Raise The Roof

'Government policy is failing': Thousands gather in Dublin to protest against housing crisis

Figures show that more than 10,000 people are currently registered as homeless in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Bedsits of the future or part of the solution?: Minister says co-living flats are just another option for people Housing Crisis

Bedsits of the future or part of the solution?: Minister says co-living flats are just another option for people

Plans to build a block of 208 studio dwellings which would see dozens of people sharing one kitchen have been criticised.

From TheJournal.ie The amount spent on homeless services in Dublin almost trebled in four years 141 Million

The amount spent on homeless services in Dublin almost trebled in four years

Over €118 million was spent on homeless emergency accommodation last year.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin councillors approve cost-rental affordable housing scheme Cost Rental Model

Dublin councillors approve cost-rental affordable housing scheme

The scheme was approved at the council’s final monthly meeting this evening.

From TheJournal.ie Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes Social Housing
From TheJournal.ie Gardaí want allowance for members stationed in rent pressure zones Housing Crisis

Gardaí want allowance for members stationed in rent pressure zones

The GRA said this issue is particularly impacting on new recruits who are on lower incomes.

From TheJournal.ie Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare Opinion

Brazilian student: Coming to Dublin was a dream come true but sharing a house with 14 others was a nightmare

‘We are delighted to come and spend our savings on courses and accommodation but we need help to get set up. None of us wants to sleep on the streets,’ writes Ana Marta Gonçalves.

From TheJournal.ie Plans for 25% of Poolbeg Glass Bottle site to be mix of social and affordable housing welcomed Decision Time

Plans for 25% of Poolbeg Glass Bottle site to be mix of social and affordable housing welcomed

The planning permission will see that close to 900 social and affordable homes will be built on the site.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word' Opinion

Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word'

In Berlin, a proposed referendum seeks to ban the largest landlord company and expropriate the homes for social housing – but the average rent in Dublin is twice that of Berlin, writes Ciaran Connolly.

From TheJournal.ie PTSB boss says it has 500 vacant properties on its books Housing Crisis

PTSB boss says it has 500 vacant properties on its books

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath described the figure as ‘extraordinarily high’.

From TheJournal.ie Landlords who evict tenants because they want to sell or renovate a property could face tough sanctions New Laws

Landlords who evict tenants because they want to sell or renovate a property could face tough sanctions

The Government proposals aim to increase the rights of tenants in the rental market.

From TheJournal.ie Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021 Housing Crisis

Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021

RPZ laws were first introduced in December 2016 to address spiraling rents.

From TheJournal.ie 'A national scandal' - Government defends housing record as minister says 'we need more landlords' Homelessness

'A national scandal' - Government defends housing record as minister says 'we need more landlords'

The Housing Minister was reacting to the revelation that there are now 10,000 homeless people in the country.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion:  'Homelessness in Ireland has many faces and come this June I could be one' Opinion

Opinion: 'Homelessness in Ireland has many faces and come this June I could be one'

I am 57 years old, born and reared in Dublin. I started working when I was 15 but now I’m facing eviction from yet another rented property, writes Janette Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie 'A generation locked out': The families spending more than two years in emergency accommodation Housing Crisis

'A generation locked out': The families spending more than two years in emergency accommodation

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive found that 1,233 families were residing in emergency accommodation at the end of 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan Opinion

Opinion: There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan

Cities with a large population and expensive housing do not have golf courses near their centre, due to the self-evident inefficiency of that land use, writes Paddy Smyth.

From TheJournal.ie Spiralling costs, scarce materials and penalties: How Brexit could impact the housing crisis Bad To Worse

Spiralling costs, scarce materials and penalties: How Brexit could impact the housing crisis

Increased costs and problems securing staff could hinder the industry’s response.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme Rebuilding Ireland

Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme

Micheál Martin accused the government of letting down people on low incomes down.

From TheJournal.ie Event today will show people how European co-housing models can work here Solutions

Event today will show people how European co-housing models can work here

The event will hear from a number of groups who are working to regularise the model here as well as experts on how to manage the financial and legal issues.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless charity says proposal on council house offer refusals is a distraction tactic Suspension

Homeless charity says proposal on council house offer refusals is a distraction tactic

Focus Ireland said the fact that people are turning down offers is actually “symptomatic of the failure of housing policy”.

From TheJournal.ie 'If I apply for a house in Dublin today - I will be waiting 19 years': 17,745 on Dublin housing list Housing Crisis

'If I apply for a house in Dublin today - I will be waiting 19 years': 17,745 on Dublin housing list

The combined total of people either looking for a house or looking to move stands at 27,762.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Severe overcrowding is widespread in social housing and it's harming people's health Dublin City Council

Opinion: Severe overcrowding is widespread in social housing and it's harming people's health

There are thousands of families in Dublin living in conditions of severe overcrowding – the worst case I’ve come across was 14 people living in a 2-bed flat, writes Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

From TheJournal.ie New State lender to give cash to small developers to build homes for first-time buyers Housing Crisis

New State lender to give cash to small developers to build homes for first-time buyers

The new state lender aims to deliver 7,500 homes within five years.

From TheJournal.ie Government scheme to help families in mortgage distress 'fails 70% who turn to it' Abhaile

Government scheme to help families in mortgage distress 'fails 70% who turn to it'

Just 30% of those who engaged with Abhaile’s financial advice have a solution in place or are on track for one.

From TheJournal.ie 'I can sleep at night now': iCare buys 19 homes to save families from eviction Mortgage To Rent

'I can sleep at night now': iCare buys 19 homes to save families from eviction

The housing body has also made 571 further deals to buy distressed mortgages and many of these will move forward this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'History will judge this': Experts see little change in bank culture after scandals and protests Dragging Their Heels

'History will judge this': Experts see little change in bank culture after scandals and protests

People who are working every day with customers in arrears say lenders are still refusing to cooperate in any significant way.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's your job to call the vulture funds out': High Court Master pens letter to Micheál Martin Fair Mortgage Bill

'It's your job to call the vulture funds out': High Court Master pens letter to Micheál Martin

Edmund Honohan urged the Fianna Fáil leader to support a piece of legislation he wrote that is currently before the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie 'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec Brickies

'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec

Ibec says there are not enough skilled workers here to meet demand.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is space for 15,000 homes within walking distance of Dublin's O'Connell Street Opinion

Opinion: There is space for 15,000 homes within walking distance of Dublin's O'Connell Street

There are vast tracts of underutilised lands close to the city centre, they should be used to build high-quality apartment blocks with generous courtyards and play areas, writes Ciaran Cuffe.

From TheJournal.ie Here's how many sites there are where its owners will have to pay the vacant site levy Pay Up

Here's how many sites there are where its owners will have to pay the vacant site levy

Site owners will be eligible to pay up to 7% of its value if the local authority has placed it on the vacant sites register.

From TheJournal.ie More than 50% of people think we should introduce France's winter eviction ban Winter Truce

More than 50% of people think we should introduce France's winter eviction ban

The ‘trêve hivernale’ has been a part of French law since 1956.

From TheJournal.ie Just after their mother died, two brothers were told by their landlord they had to vacate the property Threshold

Just after their mother died, two brothers were told by their landlord they had to vacate the property

This was one such case faced by housing charity Threshold this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'Give families a chance to stay in their homes': Hundreds attend anti-eviction protest in Roscommon Strokestown

'Give families a chance to stay in their homes': Hundreds attend anti-eviction protest in Roscommon

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said politicians need to bring in legislation to make sure recent incidents are not repeated.

From TheJournal.ie The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy' Social Housing

The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'

Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.

From TheJournal.ie Over 1,725 families and 3,800 children: Homelessness increases before Christmas November Figures

Over 1,725 families and 3,800 children: Homelessness increases before Christmas

Eoghan Murphy: “It is very disappointing to see more children in emergency accommodation as we go into Christmas week.”

From TheJournal.ie The national average rent is €1,122 per month - it's an extra €500 if you want to live in the capital Property Market

The national average rent is €1,122 per month - it's an extra €500 if you want to live in the capital

The average rent in Dublin is now €1,620 per month.

From TheJournal.ie 'We're not ignoring the elephant in the room': Officials hope new law can deal with rising student rent Rental Crisis

'We're not ignoring the elephant in the room': Officials hope new law can deal with rising student rent

The Housing Committee was told today that students are sleeping in cars due to high rent costs.

From TheJournal.ie Residential Tenancies Board hearing cancelled after protesters occupy office over family's eviction Take Back The City

Residential Tenancies Board hearing cancelled after protesters occupy office over family's eviction

Activists are calling for a greater level of independence on the board.

From TheJournal.ie Government to oppose Bill that would increase social and affordable housing in private estates Housing Crisis

Government to oppose Bill that would increase social and affordable housing in private estates

The Bill seeks an increase in the provision of social and affordable housing to 25% in private developments.

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