New figures show growing number of people in emergency accommodation

Simon Community says our approach to housing is 'completely disconnected'

Simon Community, housing, emergency accommodation, mortgage arrears, fact file, Niamh Randall

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The number of mortgages in arrears for more than 90 days is climbing, according to the Simon Community.

The group has published a 'Housing and Homeless Crisis Fact-file', highlighting the extent of the crisis impacting on every region and community across Ireland.

It focuses on the growing number of people in emergency accommodation, the inadequacies of the rent supplement system and the shortage of housing in the private rented sector.

It says the number of people in emergency accommodation has grown to almost 6,000 people.

While rents are up 32.3% nationally, and the number of properties available has decreased by 77% since 2012.

It says a total of more than 13,000 social housing units were delivered in 2015 - with only 28 houses actually being built.

The report says the number of new private residential properties completed in 2015 was 12,666, compared to 93,419 houses in 2006.

And 70% (61,931) of mortgages in arrears at the end of December 2015 were in arrears for more than 90 days.

"Our Fact-file clearly demonstrates the pressures on all parts of the housing market yet Ireland's approach to the housing market is completely disconnected; home ownership, the private rented sector, social housing and homelessness are approached in isolation when in fact they are all interconnected", it says.

Niamh Randall is national spokesperson for the Simon Communities.