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Homeless crisis needs solved now; COMMENT 2nd floor, 9A Beckett Way, Park West Industrial Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 12 Tel: 01 868 8600, Fax 01 868 8626, irishmirror.ie.

HOMELESSNESS in Ireland is a crisis that demands immediate action.

Yet the Government's response is to stretch a new house-building scheme across 20 years.

The Land Development Agency won't complete 150,000 new properties until 2038 - and only 10% will be social housing.

With up to 50 homeless people dying in Ireland every year, that could mean an extra 1,000 deaths before the crisis is fully addressed.

There are sensible solutions staring the Government in the face - give local authorities the money to embark on a massive social housing building programme, increase rent supplement in line with market rates and stop landlords kicking people out of their homes whenever they feel like it.

But the Government seems ideologically incapable of taking action that directly benefits the poor and desperate.

Instead, they want any extra money to pour into the pockets of their chums in the private building industry.

People become homeless for a variety of reasons. But no one can get back on their feet without a roof over their heads.

The Government needs to take action now to get people off the streets and into their own homes. And do it this year - not in 2038.

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