As the homelessness crisis continues, one in four say that they are worried about the risk of becoming homeless because of difficulties in fulfilling payments or mortgages while over 20% of people say that they fear losing their own home. The startling figures were reported today by the Simon Communities in Ireland as they launched their national advocacy campaign ‘Stand and Deliver’ in advance of Simon Week 2014 (September 29th – October 5th). The campaign asks the public for their support in asking the Government to stand and deliver on their promise of ending long term homelessness by 2016.
Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities said that Ireland is in the middle of a nationwide homeless and housing crisis.
“The Government say that they want to end long-term homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016 but if we don’t move quickly and wisely, it will mean more people facing a brutal winter on our streets, more people sleeping in cars, more pressure on overrun shelters and more people on the housing list. There are nearly 90,000 households already on the social housing waiting list. Private rents are increasing rapidly and this is forcing both individuals and families into homelessness. Rent supplement entitlements are just too low cheap jerseys to match the commercial rents being sought and many landlords won’t accept rent supplement payments. Compounding this is the reduction in the number of properties available to cheap NFL jerseys rent nationwide which dropped by 40% in August this year when Kahvalt? compared to the same period last year . Most worrying of all, there is a chronic shortage of public and private housing Policy being built. The issues are affecting people in our cities, in urban areas and in rural アソード富士㈱ Ireland; the homeless crisis is getting worse every day.”
Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities said that the crisis can and must be solved.
“It is unacceptable that people would have to sleep out on the streets or remain in emergency accommodation for far too long. This crisis has been building for some time – and is affecting every aspect of society – families, single people, young people, older people, people with severe health problems, people battling drug and alcohol issues, people this state has failed from a young age.”
The homelessness charity said that they are seeing the effects of the crisis in Simon Communities all around the country for example:
– Cork: Hyper Rough sleeping has increased by 134% from Aug 2013 to Aug 2014.
– Galway: There was a 57% increase in people turning to prevention services.
– de North West: Tenancy sustainment services worked with more people in the first 6 months of 2014 than in the whole of 2013.
The Simon Communities believe that the crisis of long term homelessness can be solved with their three common sense solutions:
• Increase housing – and the right types of housing
• Provide adequate support services, and
• Prevent homelessness before it cheap MLB jerseys happens.
“We need housing for everyone already homeless and all those at risk of becoming homeless right now. This cannot wait. the Housing must be in areas where other support services are easily accessible. We strongly support the Government’s ‘housing led’ approach which involves the provision of housing with support as quickly as possible once households become homeless. ”
“It is also vital that support services are provided for everyone. We must tackle the issues that often cause or accompany homelessness. These include low income, debt burden, poor health and wellbeing, loneliness and isolation, problematic drug and/or alcohol use and unemployment.
The Simon Communities also said they are keen to stress the importance of early intervention and prevention as once we know families and individuals are at risk of homelessness, it can be very difficult journey back to stability.