I heard tommy Gavin on the radio this morning. One thing stuck in my head -- they want Coveney to "audit the hidden homeless" who he says include people living at home with their parents. WTF.
Is there any possible end game here other than that every Irish person will be given a house by the state when they turn 18?
Not just any ol' free house though. "Needs" to be one within walking distance of the parents. Which generally means well inside the M50, and also within walking distance of city centre or at least on transport route. Otherwise it's "unsuitable."
I know that's an oversimplification, and I know there's an argument for housing people in areas where "they can access work."
But if they've already committed to a lifetime on the dole, after a certain number of years should they not be moved out to cheaper rural social housing? If it existed. Freeing up central urban housing for those who are unfortunately availing of the housing but are at least actively pursuing work?
I know this is fraught with many real difficulties, but, it's still galling that a working person can't necessarily afford to buy anywhere within M50 with a reasonably paid job. Whereas someone who doesn't have a job, and hasn't really had for years, and is not paying for their own accommodation, can demand to be placed in well-located accommodation.
Is part of the failing that: once you have the house it's yours until you die, or choose to be rehoused?
Could the accommodation not be allocated to you based on best-use for tranches of years? In other words if you are not incapacitated, and are not using the location to access work - you need to rotate out to a location that frees up the house for another to try?
Even if this was only assessed every 5-10 years, surely it would be a motivating factor to work towards keeping the house as your place of residence?
Can anyone clarify if anything remotely ressembling this is done with any social housing stock?