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John-Mark McCafferty

John-Mark McCafferty became CEO of Threshold in January 2017.

Prior to Threshold John-Mark was Head of Social Justice and Policy with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, working on policies including income, utilities policy, child poverty, financial inclusion, housing and sustainable development.

Progressing the right to housing in Ireland

Posted on April 25, 2021 by John-Mark McCafferty

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The below text is adapted from a speech delivered by CEO of Threshold, John-Mark McCafferty at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute’s annual public housing conference on 23 April 2021   As a member of the Home for Good coalition, Threshold believes that a constitutional right to housing is required to improve access to good quality, affordable housing for all. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us all just how vital a home is – the safety, security and comfort of home have been …

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State must become less reliant on private landlords

Posted on May 07, 2019 by John-Mark McCafferty

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It is Government policy to place the majority of those with a long-term housing need not in secure social housing tenancies but in the private rented sector (PRS) supported by the housing assistance payment (HAP) where they can be evicted for no reason. We need to face up to the fact that the policy is failing us. HAP is a poor substitute for social housing. It pays the rent to the landlord, while the tenant pays a rental contribution to the local authority in the same way as social housing …

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