Public Demo To Be Held In Galway To Address Homeless

A public demo has been called to take place in Galway Ireland next month over the homeless and situations that can cause homeless, including people waiting to be housed etc

This demo is to happen on Monday 13th February 2017 from 3:30 Pm To 7:Pm Outside Galway City Council at City Hall, College Road in Galway. The demo is been hosted by a group known as “Galway Housing Action Group. The text below was sourced from their social media fb page.

Galway Housing Action Group acknowledges the Council’s inability to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis in our city.

We petition the Council to inform the Government that this is the case, and to state that the Government must now declare a national housing emergency.

Such a declaration will enable the Government to access special European Union funding to invest in housing, and also allow the Government access to advance emergency measures through legislation to tackle this national calamity.

Currently there are over 5,000 people on the social housing waiting list, with only 14 houses coming on stream in the next 2 years. The council are spending almost €900,000 every 6 months in Galway to house families in hotels and B&B’s which is unacceptable long term and is wasteful. The cost of €330,000 per social housing unit is outrageous and unsustainable.

Approximately 50,000 people are in arrears of 2 years or more with their mortgage and are at risk of repossession this year. Where will they go? 20 people sleep rough on our streets every night and a huge amount of people, including Travellers, students, couples, families and single people are failing to find suitable affordable accommodation in the private sector in Galway city.

Join us on February 13th to put this top of the Council’s agenda!

Image Sourced From Galway Action Housing Group fb page.

 

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