“That is significantly less than the annual figures between 1994-2009. This fall off in social housing is one of the main contributors to the current crisis and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency because the private sector is simply unable to meet the current housing demand.”
He said that despite big plans homelessness is getting worse instead of better.
Deputy Cowen added: “Despite a succession of grand plans, which Minister Coveney has been rolling out over the past 10 months, homelessness levels have risen month on month.
“This is proof that these initiatives are not tackling the problems at the heart of this crisis. We need targeted plans which tackle homelessness, supply issues and which encourage construction.
“Instead of focusing on one area at a time we need to combine our efforts to ensure a more cohesive housing strategy that will effectively deal with the issues facing tens of thousands of families across the country”.