Focus Ireland calls for a reintroduction of eviction bans and rent freezes – Dublin People

FOCUS Ireland has called for a reintroduction of eviction bans and rent freezes to prevent a spike in homelessness in light of new Covid-19 restrictions

Focus Ireland believes a moratorium on evictions and rent reviews should be reintroduced in parallel with the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions to prevent a spike in the number of people losing their homes and needing emergency accommodation. The charity has also warned about the occurrence of chaotic evictions at a time of such widespread anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said: “Public health advice is now clear that congregate settings can lead to a significant spread of the virus and, while we have been successful to date in preventing such outbreaks in emergency homeless accommodation, a constant high level of alert is needed to ensure there is no outbreak within homeless services. The level of risk will inevitably increase if

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