Catriona Twomey warns of massive crisis when eviction bans end
One of the city’s best known charities has warned the country could face a massive crisis when the eviction ban ends and says they are being contacted by people who have no idea what they will do when they lose their home.
Caitriona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners says many people simply have nowhere to turn and will rely on already stretched charities to help them.
Homeless charities and housing advocacy groups across the country have said the ending of the eviction ban, coupled with a shortage of rental accommodation, will potentially force large numbers of people into homelessness.
Figures from the Residential Tenancies Board last week showed that 500 notices to quit were served on tenants in the city and county in the third quarter of last year.
Speaking to RedFM News, Caitriona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners says the government must act urgently to avoid a crisis.
“All the charities that are there will step up to the mark. They always do. We’re all stretched to the limits, and we keep going.
“The big charities, like Simon, Saint Vincent de Paul, Focus Ireland, they keep saying it and I keep saying it – something has to be done very, very quickly.
“We’re gone beyond the ‘something being done very, very quickly’ – we’re now at the stage where if something isn’t done now there’s going to be a massive crisis.”