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Second wave of homelessness looks likely following COVID-19 according to St Vincent De Paul

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St Vincent De Paul has expressed concerns that Ireland will be struck with a second wave of homelessness following COVID-19.

The charity organisation believes there is a danger of more people across the country being affected by homelessness after the Department of Finance revealed that unemployment is set to reach 22% at its peak as a result of the pandemic.

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In response to this, SVP has outlined a list of key measures that must be addressed to avoid this second wave.

a person sitting on a bed: St Vincent De Paul has expressed concerns that Ireland will be struck with a second wave of homelessness following COVID-19. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie St Vincent De Paul has expressed concerns that Ireland will be struck with a second wave of homelessness following COVID-19. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The measures the charity are hoping to see include a rent freeze and a moratorium on evictions beyond the 27 June deadline.

St Vincent De Paul is also looking for an urgent change in regulation for short term lettings, an exit strategy for those cocooning in hotels, allowing Local Authorities the option to negotiate longer leases with landlords, and a referendum on the right to housing.

CEO of St Vincent De Paul David Carroll said in a statement ‘Since the last recession homelessness in Ireland has grown exponentially.’

The measures the charity are hoping to see include a rent freeze and a moratorium on evictions beyond the 27 June deadline. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The measures the charity are hoping to see include a rent freeze and a moratorium on evictions beyond the 27 June deadline. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

‘We are now facing into another recession and we simply cannot allow a scenario where homelessness grows again. Prevention is key as we have seen over the last number of years how difficult it has been to stem the flow of individuals and families into homelessness.’

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‘There has been a real drive to protect our most vulnerable, however, that effort will be for nothing if we go back to the way things were before Covid-19. The time to plan is now and I would urge all stakeholders to sit down and begin this process.’

According to a recent report by the Residential Tenancies Board, the average cost of rent in Ireland was €1,226 from the fourth quarter of 2019 — a 6.4% increase from the year before.

a person standing on a sidewalk: According to a recent report by the Residential Tenancies Board, the average cost of rent in Ireland was €1,226 from the fourth quarter of 2019. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland According to a recent report by the Residential Tenancies Board, the average cost of rent in Ireland was €1,226 from the fourth quarter of 2019. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The charity revealed that they have had to greatly change the ways in which they deliver their services due to the coronavirus, including operating with minimal staff on 12 hour shifts and managing isolation and cocooning units in conjunction with the Health Service Executive and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.

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