Minister for Housing says no families in transitional housing are to be evicted into homelessness

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Minister for Housing says no families in transitional housing are to be evicted into homelessness
9:11 Friday 7th of December 2018

Concerns about eviction being raised by homeless families in transitional accommodation are being allayed by an announcement in the Dáil yesterday.

In Dáil Eireann  yesterday Minister Eoghan Murphy was forced to concede that no families in transitional housing would be evicted back into homelessness.

The debate arose after homeless families, availing of services in 'transitional housing' at Tallaght Cross, Dublin, were issued with termination orders and summonses to the Residential Tenancy Board on the basis that their lease was up, raising the possibility of evictions from homeless services.

Cllr Brian Leech of Solidarity said: “We are looking for written assurances from the Minister that the threat of evictions will be removed from families in Tallaght Cross. And importantly any existing or proposed action involving the RTB needs to be ended immediately. Great credit should go to those people who despite serious threats organised and highlighted this issue in the way they have. People are gaining confidence from the growing housing movement”

Paul Murphy TD said: “We are glad to hear the Minister concede in the Dáil today that no one in transitional housing or homeless services will face eviction.  But this incident once again exposes how deep the housing crisis goes. Solidarity's Anti-Eviction Bill will be debated in the Dáil next week. If passed, it would deal with the rampant abuse and profiteering by landlords, vulture funds and banks that has become commonplace, and give increased security to tenants. This is one important part of dealing with a crisis that can ultimately only be solved by creating a new public housing system where housing is not a commodity and access to public housing is massively increased.”

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