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All People Have The Right to A Home*


The right to adequate housing should be enshrined in the
Constitution of Ireland

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All People Have The Right to A Home*


The right to adequate housing should be enshrined in the
Constitution of Ireland

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*The right to Housing is a universal human right...


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*The right to Housing is a universal human right...


This means that every person has the right to live somewhere in securitypeace and dignity

 

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. 
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25 
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Homelessness is not inevitable


Recent, regressive policy decisions have resulted in a social housing shortage and an increased risk of homelessness for people living in vulerable situations.

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Homelessness is not inevitable


Recent, regressive policy decisions have resulted in a social housing shortage and an increased risk of homelessness for people living in vulerable situations.

The current homelessness crisis in Ireland is no accident. It has has arisen as a result of insufficient efforts to tackle growing inequality, poverty and the provision of social housing.

The provision of housing was a mainstay of Irish policy for decades. In times of much greater hardship and economic strife than the present, successive governments were able to provide homes for people living in poverty or vulnerable situations.

As recently as the mid-1970s, social housing made up 33% of all newly built houses. Yet, during the housing boom in the early and mid 2000s, social housing never reached 10% of total housing output. Since 2008, spending on social housing has all but dried up. The 2015 budget included the first substantial provision for spending on social housing in many years.

However with over 130,000 households on the social housing waiting list, long term solutions will require policy consistency over many years. 

In 2013, the Irish Government pledged to end long term homeless by 2016. We will not come anywhere close to achieving this target. It is unethical and immoral to allow the most vulnerable people in Ireland to continue to suffer.

Immediate, people centered solutions are required to bring an end to the current homelessness crisis - through the provision of emergency shelter and robust steps to stop the flow into homelessness. However, a longer term vision is also required, one which paves the way for sustainable housing policy and prevents this type of crisis from ever repeating. 

This begins with enshrining the right to adequate housing in the Irish Constitution

Take Action


With the 2016 General Election fast approaching, now is the time for the people of Ireland to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable people in our society and demand that the government take decisive action to ensure dignity and security is restored for the women, men and children experiencing homelessness in Ireland. Here are three simple ways you can make a difference...

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Take Action


With the 2016 General Election fast approaching, now is the time for the people of Ireland to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable people in our society and demand that the government take decisive action to ensure dignity and security is restored for the women, men and children experiencing homelessness in Ireland. Here are three simple ways you can make a difference...

Petition

Sign the petition below calling for the right to adequate housing to be enshrined in the Irish Constitution. 

Question

Push the issue of homelessness up the political agenda by requesting that your local election candidates explain how they intend to address the current crisis should they be elected. Ask about their long term strategy for sustainable housing.

Organise

Find new and innovative ways to highlight the issue of homelessness with your friends and family. Organise fundraisers to support your local homeless service. Speak with the people you meet on the street - understand their story.