Ireland’s Housing Conference
Housing in Ireland is at a crucial juncture. Housing policy was a defining battleground of General Election 2020 and the subsequent formation of the tri-party coalition Government heralded a new Programme for Government incorporating the Housing For All mission. This new strategy has the stated intention of placing affordability, increased supply and home ownership at its core.
Simultaneously, while the Covid-19 crisis will impact on housing construction and delivery figures for 2020, it quickly elicited new legislation to protect renters impacted by public health restrictions and marked a decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness or living in emergency accommodation over five consecutive months.
However, at the of end of Q3 2020, there were still 8,656 individuals accessing emergency accommodation, a figure which incorporates 1,128 families. Worse still, a recent report produced by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive noted an “unprecedented spike” in the number of homeless people who have died in 2020.
Meanwhile, Budget 2021 includes a total housing allocation of €3.1 billion in 2021 (an increase of €730 million on Budget 2020) and the Housing Minister has indicated that the funding will deliver 12,750 social homes next year, including an ambitious target of 9,500 new build units.
In this context, the 2021 conference will feature a range of expert speakers who will examine the latest ambitions, challenges and opportunities for resolving Ireland’s housing and homelessness crises.