LORD Mayor of Cork Mick Finn is to ask City Council to formally declare a housing crisis in the city.
He has called for a raft of measures to increase housing supply in Cork including an increase in local authority-led public and affordable housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3bn and prioritising the delivery of housing on public lands.
He said: “Noting that there are over 3,000 applicants on the Cork City Council housing waiting list and that Rebuilding Ireland will provide funding for little over 2,000 social units up to 2021 with thousands still dependent on the volatile private market with Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies, [I ask that the] council acknowledges that the lack of private, social and affordable housing – as well as the homelessness that it leads to – amounts to a housing crisis which must now be declared a national emergency.”
Lord Mayor Finn is also calling for greater rent certainty and an established constitutional right to housing.
A housing rally entitled Raise the Roof will take place outside City Hall today at 5pm.
The Raise The Roof initiative is led by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and ONE Cork, which includes the Union of Students in Ireland, National Women’s Council and the National Homeless and Housing Coalition.