#ENDHOMELESSNESS

Our Call on the Government to commit to #endhomelessness campaign ended April 2021

LATEST UPDATE

We call on the leaders of the three Government parties to make a Government commitment to end homelessness. This will involve agreeing a plan and setting a target date for ending homelessness in Ireland.

“Why is it important we have a plan?”

When there was a previous Government commitment to ending long-term homelessness by 2010 this led to the lowest ever level of homelessness in Ireland. That success was swept away by the economic crisis. We can do better next time. There are 8737 people homeless in Ireland and over 2600 of these are children. Let’s plan to #EndHomelessness

Please add your voice to the call for the Government to make a clear plan to end homelessness.

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UPDATE MAY 2021

We are delighted, that with your help, we reached our target, and we were able to deliver a petition with 10,225 signatures to the leaders of the three Government parties.

We will continue to push for a real commitment to End Homelessness and we hope that the new housing strategy ‘Housing for All’ due to be published later in the Summer, will contain this ambition.

In the meantime, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, responded to the petition and we are pleased to share his letter with you here.


New Year is a time for resolutions, and we want our Government to make a resolution by making anew commitment to end homelessness.

Like any of us making a resolution they need encouragement, so please sign our petition here.

The Programme for Government says many welcome things about reducing homelessness and recognises it as a severe problem. But nowhere does it set out a vision of ending homelessness or a commitment to do so.

The absence of such a commitment is important. Only a few countries have managed to come near ending homelessness, but no country has achieved any significant reduction in homelessness without having a long-term vision of ending it.
No country has ever managed a significant reduction in homelessness without having a firm commitment to ending it. When there was a previous Government commitment to ending long-term homelessness by 2010 this led to the lowest ever level of homelessness in Ireland. That success was swept away by the economic crisis. We can do better next time. There is a financial and emotional cost to homelessness which we have documented here.

There are 8737 people homeless in Ireland and over 2600 of these are children. Unless we reclaim that vision of ending homelessness, we will be abandoning these people to a very bleak future.
At this point we are calling on the Government to confirm that it believes that homelessness can be ended, and it is prepared to make a commitment to do so. The Government New Year Resolution for 2021 must be to bring together all the relevant voices – Government departments and agencies, homeless organisations, local authorities and opposition parties – to draw up a plan and set a target date. The voices of people with lived experience of homelessness must be heard too.
Homelessness is fundamentally wrong, and it is a solvable problem. Read more about the extent and cost of homelessness here. In election after election, people have declared that they care deeply about housing and homelessness. We want everyone in our community to have a secure place that they can call home.

This is an achievable goal. The journey towards achieving them can start with the Government’s New Year’s resolution to work towards ending homelessness. Please add your voice & sign our petition here.