Saturday September 19, 2020

The next government must rethink our whole approach to housing

To resolve the crisis, we need a system that prevents homelessness instead of causing it. That means building more affordable homes

2nd February, 2020
The ESRI estimates that 30,000-35,000 new homes are needed each year. About 20,000 a year are being build, many of them out of the reach of average-income earners. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images

The housing and homelessness crisis has been the defining issue of Election 2020.

The next government will need to show ambition in rethinking our housing system to serve the common good. Undoubtedly, those forced to sleep rough and those in hidden homelessness are at the sharp edge of this crisis. The thousands struggling to meet the cost of renting or searching to find an affordable home to buy or rent, and those living in dread of...

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