as a result Glasgow was able to close its emergency accommodation because it was not needed anymore. I am going to personally hand the petition to the Minister in the Dáil.
Scotland recognised that having people homeless and in emergency accommodation is very expensive – we know this too – not to mention the other emotional and psychological costs.
Will it work??
On it’s own it may not, the Government has their agenda and solving homelessness is obviously not apart of it, however, I believe if there is enough substantial pressure put on the Minister by the public and by the media then it will work, if one single Independent TD can get a couple of thousand signatures then it will prove that the broader general population care about the issue and want to find a solution for it now, I don’t believe waiting until the next election is an option, because by that time the situation is going to get so much worse, action needs to be taken now.
My Bill has been under review with Minister Howlin and Minister Kelly for over 9 months now, I am asking you to sign this petition showing support for the Bill and for it to go before the House as soon as possible.
This is a bill I worked on extensively with Focus Ireland who are doing exemplary work helping families who are increasingly forced to go Homeless because of various circumstances.
This Bill amends the original Homeless Act by doing 2 things…
1) Redefine the definition of ‘homelessness’ to include ‘being at risk of becoming homeless’ This will mean that local authorities will be able to provide front line services to people who are at risk of becoming homeless as part of a 28 day safety net of sorts – This amendment will stop the deplorable situation of people being forced to sleep in cars and the likes because local authorities are at maximum capacity on a given night
2) Create provisions which enable funding of suitably approved bodies to deliver the various types of intervention that will deliver on the objective of preventing homelessness. The Government acknowledge the importance of advice, advocacy, and tenancy support in preventing homelessness. The current wording of legislation limits the scope of such interventions.
The Housing/ Homeless Crisis is too serious for Government/Opposition petty politics.
Please support ACTION not rhetoric – Sign the Petition and Help force through legislation that will alleviate some of the constraints crippling our ability to tackle the CRISIS
Please LIKE and more importantly SHARE for as many signatures as possible to present to Minister Alan Kelly.
Maureen O’Sullivan TD