At Labre Park in Ballyfermot, some are calling for more caravans for those who may need them to self-isolate. But Dublin City Council said that overcrowding meant they planned instead to move people off-site.
Overcrowding has long been an issue in Dublin’s housing sector, which has been bursting at the seams for years now – but Covid-19 has put a sharper edge on it.
Eleven people are squeezed into a two-bed owned by Dublin City Council. Meanwhile, there are just three people living in a council-owned five-bed.
Martin Heeney says he’s been reporting the spread of black mould to the council since he moved in, but it’s never been properly fixed.
“There are rules around bringing [new] people in, and people don’t know what they can and can’t do, which could put the tenancy at risk,” says Stephen Large of Threshold.
In one part of the north inner city, more than 35 percent of households had more than one person per room. And more than 8 percent had more than 2.5 people per room. Guess which?
Here’s some of what Dublin councillors discussed at November’s monthly council meeting.
We would like to talk to renters who have had to move when the government closed their homes for being overcrowded and/or substandard.
At recent committee meetings, councillors talked about new places to put homeless accommodation, and a packed house in Portobello.
When Dublin City Council looked at why people were becoming homeless, the problem of overcrowding featured high on the list.