The Irish Greens support the government’s plan to build affordable housing for rent and purchase through a large investment in the Housing for All plan.
Housing for All
The Housing for All plan consists of tackling the issues of homelessness, unaffordable housing and the overall lack of adequate housing in Ireland. The Irish government is seeking to eliminate homelessness by 2030. This commitment and goal stems from their signature of the Lisbon Declaration that committed Europe to combating homelessness in late June of this year.
The sustainable Housing for All plan will have four pathways. These include; supporting home ownership and increasing affordability, eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and social inclusion. The third pathway aims at increasing new housing supply. Lastly, the plan looks to address vacancy and efficiency use of existing stock.
Various first steps are needed to launch the plan and support each pathway such as increasing the supply of new housing to an annual average of minimum 33, 000 living spaces until 2030. Other steps include providing more than 10, 000 social homes each year by 2026.
Reactions from the Irish Greens
Numerous elected representatives from the Green Party of Ireland have had positive reactions to Housing for All. Among them was the party’s spokesperson for housing, Francis Noel Duffy Teachta Dála. Duffy praised the precise steps contained in the plan and its ambitious objectives:
Steven Matthews TD, the party’s spokesperson for Planning and Local Government claims on the party’s website, that housing is one of Ireland’s most critical issues and that he welcomes the new plan:
All reactions from the Irish Greens demonstrate their support and relief for Housing for All. With the housing issue being described as critical in Ireland by the Irish Greens’ press release, the focus should shift to properly implement the first steps towards this sustainable and affordable housing plan.