Government says homeless avoiding rent subsidy scheme

One trend understood to be of concern to the government involves some people declining offers of accommodation under the Housing Assistance Payment scheme over fears they will lose their place on the social housing list

1st April, 2018

The government is concerned that the latest rise in homelessness is partly a result of some people refusing housing under the state-backed rent subsidy scheme and remaining in emergency accommodation.

The Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, spoke last week about new trends emerging in homelessness statistics after a 40 per cent year-on-year increase in homelessness was reported, with nearly 10,000 recorded as homeless in February.

One trend understood to be of concern to the government involves some...

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