Housing is a public health issue! Day 3 of #StayAtHome in Ireland. Confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise. Still no real clarity about how this will affect renters, and those living in homel

Housing is a public health issue!

Day 3 of #StayAtHome in Ireland. Confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise. Still no real clarity about how this will affect renters, and those living in homeless emergency accommodation are being given even less information.

Bans on evictions have been introduced in many cities in the US - in Ireland we need a ban on evictions immediately for the duration of the lockdown.

But that alone won't be enough - this situation will have knock-on effects for months to come.
We need a rent freeze for anyone who can't work due to illness or self-isolating. And an assurance that rent arrears that mount up during the crisis due to illness/self-isolation will be disregarded or compensated in some way.

So far, all we've got is Eoghan Murphy making a meaningless request for landlords to "show forbearance".

People living in emergency accommodation & direct provision are, understandably, very worried. The HSE has contacted the people who manage these centres with guidelines for what to do during this period, but as far as we can tell there's been no effort to reach out to the people actually living there, who are at huge risk of infection due to living in such close quarters with many others.

As usual, the government’s failures mean ordinary people have to step up. Our friends at North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community are coordinating a support team for people in emergency accommodation, to offer emotional & practical support. This is entirely volunteer-run as the government hasn't done anything.

People should never have to endure the insecurity of our rental market and the risk of homelessness. This becomes especially clear during a health crisis.

We will support anyone who is threatened with eviction during the crisis.

Get in touch through this page if you need support.

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