A campaigning start-up for the one in five who will spend this evening in a Crying Chair or on a sofa watching BBC 2’s Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico with the ‘old dears’.
Mark Dempsey writes:
We are a group of Designers, Writers and Activists that live and rent in Dublin City. We have witnessed first hand the broad spectrum impact rising rents are having on people’s daily lives.
Whether that is the stress and strain of finding affordable accommodation within your budget or worried about the impact of rising rents on a fixed income, the worry of falling into homelessness or experiencing a job loss due an inability to find suitable affordable accommodation.
Weare900000.ie is a non-profit startup with the aim creating a grassroots movement of people in rental accommodation in the Republic Ireland that will work toward effecting positive change in government policy to create a fair, sustainable and affordable rental market over the longer term.
There is roughly 900,000 people in rental accommodation in the Republic of Ireland with roughly 500,000 people in their 20s and 30s living with their parents. There is no single direct representative group engaging these constituencies into positive action to have their long term rental and housing needs met.
The goal of this project is to digitally engage these constituencies and consolidate them around rental policy to reach a critical mass of people that will facilitate us engaging with government as a group to have asymmetric government policy put to an end.
We need a rental market that offers security of tenure and sustainable affordable rents, if we are to have a fully functioning society and economy over the longer term.
As such, we have a newly launched sign up website )al lonk below) that is in stage 1of a 3 stage process which will be developed into an information and digital platform for people who rent or intend to rent in this country.
You’re on notice, landlords.
*double locks door*