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 Post subject: Re: The Social Housing Costs Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:54 pm 

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FreeFallin wrote:
TheJackal wrote:
Some councillors back housing chief on queue jumping ... -1.3350279

There's currently a protest outside Skehan's offices by the usual suspects

However, his Sinn Féin colleague on the council Noeleen O’Reilly was reported by RTÉ in October 2016 as saying she was aware of families making themselves homeless to avoid a wait of up to 15 years to be housed.

“I know families that have done it” she is reported to have said at a council housing meeting, “they are fearful of their future and their own security, that’s why it’s happening”. She is also reported to have said that while other local authorities would look at people’s situation before providing homeless services “we [in Dublin] seem to accept everyone”.

Speaking to The Irish Times on Tuesday Ms O’Reilly said her remarks had been “twisted and taken out of context”.

“What I said was that people were in a desperate situation and are being forced into homelessness. A lot people are living in overcrowded situations, in family situations that are not suitable,” she said.

“There are all sorts of complex reasons people become homeless, but I was not victim blaming or saying people were gaming the system.”

except some still agree
A transcript of the housing meeting is not available, but minutes of the meeting show Mr Downey, then acting director of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, urged councillors to advise constituents that using hotels for housing was “inadequate and inappropriate” and all efforts to avoid presentation to homeless emergency accommodation must be engaged with.

Independent Dublin city councillor Ruairí McGinley said he had experience of constituents who should be on the housing list moving to the homeless list. “It is not a news flash to me and anyone who says anything different who deals with housing cases is being dishonest and I know that from conversations I’ve had with other councillors over recent years.”

Independent Fingal county councillor Jimmy Guerin said he had “direct experience that many people are declaring themselves homeless in order to jump the unacceptably long queue for social housing, some even admit it when they seek assistance”.

 Post subject: Re: The Social Housing Costs Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:39 pm 
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The Housing Agency is fundinglocal authorities and AHBs to buy up existing housing stock.

To date 260 houses and 114 apartments have been bought for a total cost of €67.2 million or an average of just under €180,000 each – significantly below market prices, agency chairman Conor Skehan said.

This is at the minimum or indeed below figures quoted for new build social housing on this thread. There is also no messing with the planning system or land acquisition needed.

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