Government Unveils Plan To Tackle Homelessness

GOVERNMENT UNVEILS PLAN TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

The government is to invest 35 million euro to restore vacant houses and use them to accommodate families who risk becoming homeless.

The housing minister says the investment will mean over 1,700 extra properties will be available for social housing in the next few months.

Jan O’Sullivan also wants to work with NAMA to increase the supply of vacant properties which can be used for social housing.

The plan hopes to deliver 2,700 extra properties by 2016.

It will be overseen by a new Social Rental Agency, which hopes to co-ordinate efforts to avoid homelessness.

Minister O’Sullivan says she won’t rule out the use of empty army barracks or Garda stations to house people if the need arises.

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