Ireland's Housing Crisis - What can we do?

It is no secret. Ireland has a housing problem.

President Higgins recently had this to say…

What is being done?

The government has set some ambitious targets in its Housing for All - a New Housing Plan for Ireland

Housing for All

Housing for All is an ambitious goal to create 300,000 homes by 2030 and has four pathways to achieve this:
  • Supporting home ownership and increasing affordability,

  • Eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and supporting social inclusion.

  • Increasing new housing supply.

  • Addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock.

For more information see the government page here.

What progress has been made?

According to the Housing for All, Q1 2022 Progress Report, progress is being made:

For more Information see the following links:

Progress is being made, but still falling short of the 30,000 homes per year target.
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Image: Housing for All, Q1 2022 Progress Report

Housing for All - Statistics Dashboard

Visit the Housing for All Dashboard for more statistics.

Rental Sector in Ireland

For more information visit the Central Statics Office (CSO).

Homelessness

According to the Homelessness figures for the first Quarter of 2022 released by the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government, there were 9,825 men, women and children were homeless in March, an increase of 333 (3.5%) on the February 2022 total.
  • Single Adults 4,957 (71%),

  • 1,238 families in emergency accommodation, and

  • 2,811 children (under 18) associated with these families

To find out more see the Homeless Quarterly Progress Report Q1 2022.

What do you think?

As you can see, real progress is being made. But we need to do better. We would like to use this forum to discuss positive action communities in partnership with local government and business could explore to create new & more sustainable solutions to the housing crisis.

We have added some videos below to help those, particularly members of the diaspora, who are not familiar with the problem.

Community-led Action, Let's do something together!

We would like to create working groups in each city and town across Ireland to work on ideas for how we can through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) work together to develop new ideas and solutions to this wicked challenge If you are interested in getting involved join the discussion below.

You can also help us by setting up a community in your area, for more information see How to set up your community.

Civil & Constructive Dialogue

The housing crisis is a frustrating and emotional issue for us all. But to find real solutions we need constructive dialogue. If you feel frustrated, take a break, scream, have a glass of water or go for a walk. But screaming at others is not productive and we have set strict rules against it. For more information see our Terms of Service.

If we work together in constructive ways we can overcome this crisis and others that we face. Let's make Ireland a model for other countries to follow!

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