Monday, 22nd January 2018
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On Tuesday last People Before Profit joined with community groups, housing charities and a number of political parties in the Mansion House in Dublin to organise a National Day of Action against the homeless and housing crisis. Waterford representative of PBP, Una Dunphy has called for people to get involved in a major national demonstration to be held on Saturday, the 7th of April 2018.

The Government"s policy, says Ms Dunphy, of relying on the private market to solve the housing crisis is unjust, cruel and has failed. That same private market gave us the Celtic Tiger crash, so it is hardly surprising that it won"t solve the current housing crisis. People Before Profit believes that there has to be decisive state intervention. There needs to be a major programme of council house building, rather than a permanent policy of subsidising private landlords.

Waterford Council owns a massive land bank in Carrickphierish. It could and should borrow to build with direct labour to clear the massive housing list. Up to three hundred units on the North Quay could be developed as affordable/mixed income social homes.

A huge coalition of organisations is coming together to demand the simple but vital political decision to invest in the relief of suffering of thousands of families, of tens of thousands of children, and of countless individuals seeking the minimum that any civilised society should provide. In the months leading up to the 7th of April, PBP in Waterford will be urging members of local Trade Unions to call on their organizations to back the demonstration and campaign, as well as seeking backing from the Waterford Council of Trade Unions.

As soon as next Saturday, 16 December, people can begin to take action by joining the vigil at 1 pm in Barronstrand Street. This is being organised by the Waterford Campaign for Public Housing, who invite you to feel free to make your own placards and bring them along, and invite friends.

Housing, says Una Dunphy is a human right, and everyone can be part of the solution to the scandalous housing crisis by joining with us in demanding action from Government, and especially in supporting the day of action on the 7th of April.

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