Housing

Housing policy should promote good outcomes for children, young people, and those most vulnerable in society such as the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Adequate housing is a human and social right, interdependent with good planning, transport, infrastructural development, and land management. Housing policy should promote good outcomes for children, young people, and those most vulnerable in society such as the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Green Housing policy should reverse the car dependent, suburbanised, out of town housing developments that is a feature of present national housing policy, in favour of a Green Party policy that renews city and town living, making it attractive again and encouraging the 15-minute city model, where all amenities are within walking distance.

The problem of homelessness in Ireland is increasing year on year and the number of houses being provided is not sufficient to meet need and what is available is to a large extent unaffordable to most. The pent-up demand for first time homes is increasing annually. Those relying on the private rental sector face chronic insecurity due to the ease with which tenancies can be ended. These issues along with a wide range of others in the areas of building standards, regulation, planning and energy efficiency mean our current housing system is not fit for purpose and must be radically reformed to reverse all of the above “to ensure the provision of an affordable home for all in Ireland”.

Key policy points

Hold a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the constitution.

Discourage hoarding of land and improve the efficiency of its use through a site value tax system, which will help bring unused properties into use and halt the increasing unaffordability of property due to high land costs encouraging densification of low-density housing.

Provide the option of homeownership or secure long-term affordable rental for all solving the affordability crisis by creating 200,000 additional public and privately provided not for profit homes over the next 5 to 10 years through acquisition and direct and subcontracted builds by local authorities and approved housing bodies and the repurposing of existing vacant or underutilised buildings.

Finance this by shifting government expenditures away from private landlords and developers and into not-for-profit housing built on State land acquired at existing use value through a system of active land management.

An improved regulation system to support those in mortgage arrears or whose mortgage is not affordable so that they can re-agree a mortgage which is then affordable with their current financial institution.

Eliminate segregated social housing and replace it with publicly and privately provided affordable housing available to all with priority for those in most need under cost rental or cost purchase restricted resale owner occupier models.

Policy revised: December 2020

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16

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