Homeless charity says NAMA social housing efforts 'not enough'

Thursday 19 September 2013 16.57
Focus Ireland says seven people a day are becoming homeless in Dublin alone
Focus Ireland says seven people a day are becoming homeless in Dublin alone

A homeless charity has said that the 2,000 houses being provided by the National Asset Management Agency for social housing within the next three years is not enough.

Focus Ireland said that with seven people a day becoming homeless in Dublin alone, the allocation is not nearly enough.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Focus Director of Advocacy Ireland Mike Allen said that two years ago Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced that 2,000 NAMA homes would be delivered to people on the social housing list.

Mr Allen said that announcement is the same as the one two years ago - therefore he said it will actually take five years for these houses to be delivered and not three.

Delivering the houses was much more difficult than Mr Hogan initially thought, he said.

He also said that ideally the Government needed to be delivering around 9,000 houses every year.

NAMA has said it has delivered 400 homes to social housing so far.