Tag Archives: Homelessness

This morning.

On RTE’s Morning Ireland.

It had an item on older people losing their homes because they cannot afford to pay their rent.

Charity Alone has said the number of people, aged over 60 and on the social housing list, seeking help from Alone has grown nationally by 11.4% each year between 2013 and 2016.

In Dublin, it went up by 18% in 2015 and in 2016.

Journalist Cian McCormack spoke to a 71-year-old man called Frank who is likely to be homeless next week as the landlord of the house he has been renting for seven years wants him to leave.

Frank has been paying rent of €1,250 a month.

He gets a pension of €150 a week and does odd jobs to make up the difference to make his rent, his bills and to eat.

Frank told Mr McCormack:

“I’m running to stand still. I’m out there and like there’s some weeks, I don’t have work and sometimes the weather is against me.

“But, I mean look, for the last 10 years or so, 12 years, I’ve been lucky. There’s other people there worse than I am.

“At least I can get out of bed in the morning. But what I fear is the day I can’t get out, that I can’t make money…to pay.”

He added:

“I’ve been approved for HAP [Housing Assistance Payment] so HAP, I mean I’ve gone to a few places and looked in and the landlords just look at me and say, like, hang on, they don’t ask me personal questions because they just look at me, my age, and say, ‘what’s wrong?’, to themselves.

“There’s no feedback from them…they have my number. I just don’t get a phone call from them.”

I have been looking around…seeing if I can get somewhere for maybe €600. They’re just laughing at me.”

Meanwhile…

Also this morning, in the Dail…

‘How could any landlord put a 71-year-old man out on the street’ (The Irish Times)

This morning.

More as we get it.

Next Tuesday.

Outside Leinster House.

At noon.

A family-friendly protest organised by the #MyNameIs campaign group will be held involving singers, musicians, playwrights, actors and anti-homeless activists.

Earlier: Another Homeless Person Dies

Thanks Rory

Rob Reeves hears some views from Dublin city centre on recent comments about homelessness from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Eileen Gleeson, of Dublin City Council’s Homeless Executive.

Ms Gleeson stated that many people had become homeless because of ‘bad bahaviour’.

Rob Reeves Films (Facebook)

Previously: Years Of Bad Behaviour

Oh.

John Harrington writes:

“From [homeless charity] Focus Ireland…In comparison to ‘our peers’…”

Yesterday: Tony Groves: Abnormal Normality

From top: Irish Water meter

I am one of the eejits who paid the water charges, not because I was ever less than apoplectic at the antics of Irish Water’s superbly entitled bosses, but because I’m sick of living in a supposedly developed country where people have to boil tap water to make it drinkable and where raw sewage pours into the sea.

“And I don’t want my money back. I don’t want a cheque to frame as souvenir of my own eejitry.

…What I would like is that instead of being the last act in a long-running farce that made a mockery of our democracy, the money we paid be used for a decent democratic experiment. There’s €178 million in a pot and the Government has decided that it belongs to those who paid their water charges. So let us (and us alone) decide collectively how to spend it.

One of these options would, of course, be simply to pay the money back to the individual householders.

…But I suspect most people would be much happier to see their money used to achieve something.

Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times on July 25, 2017

Three of Ireland’s best-known charities have agreed to join forces and form a national campaign to ask the Irish public to consider donating their refunds from Irish Water to tackle the national homelessness crisis in Ireland.

Simon Community, Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust are planning a major national fundraising campaign to coincide with the upcoming Irish Water national repayment scheme which will see €173 million handed back to almost one million account holders over the coming months.

The 3 charities intend to launch “The Refund Project” – a national advertising and public information campaign asking people who can afford to donate, to consider the plight of Ireland’s over 8000 people who are homeless, more than 3000 of which are children. The new group say that even a fraction of the total repayments could help make an enormous difference in the delivery of much needed housing.

Irish Times, today

Fintan O’Toole: Spend my water charges on reversing austerity (The Irish Times)

Charities Join Forces in Public Appeal to Donate Water Refunds to Tackle Homelessness, (Peter McVerry Trust)

Related: ‘Donate water refunds to homeless’ (Noel Baker, The Irish Examiner)

Number of people officially recorded as homeless in Ireland since January 2016

Number of children officially recorded as homeless in Ireland since January 2016

Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon

Yesterday evening.

The Department of Housing released it’s latest homeless figures.

They showed that, in the final week of September 2017, there were a record 8,374 people officially recorded as homeless in Ireland – 3,124 of whom were children.

This represents an increase of 76 children, 28 children, and 13 families since the final week in August 2017.

Further to this.

On RTÉ’s News at One, the Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon said:

We’ve called it a crisis for a year and a half but I don’t see any visible changes at a sufficient level. There are over 3,000 young people or children in homelessness situations is a disgrace at this stage.”

Full list of figures here

Rollingnews

NAMAwinelake tweetz:

Housing minister is now 4 mths in the job. Still can’t publish stats on time. National homeless stats for Sept due yesterday. Here’s Aug’s…

In the final week of August.

There were 8, 270 people registered as homeless in Ireland – 110 more people registered during the final week of July.

Homeless Report August 2017