Threshold works, on a daily basis, with people experiencing housing problems and is in a unique position to analyse existing problems and identify necessary policy change to improve the operation of the housing system in Ireland. The organisation it is at the forefront of the development of innovative and creative approaches to overcoming housing problems.
Threshold welcomes the Government's commitment to transfer the rent supplement scheme from the Department of Social Protection to local authorities.
Thousands of people who become homeless spend long periods in emergency hostels and shelters. This is a damaging experience because they don't have a home of their own.
Based on our work to help people with housing problems, Threshold is seeking the following policy changes that we believe will make the greatest difference:
The non-return of rental deposits affects thousands of tenants who seek Threshold's help annually.
Many tenants continue to live in unacceptable living conditions, for example, without heating or running water or ventilation. Currently, tenants have no way to verify that their property meets legal standards (e.g. accommodation standards or fire safety).