Ronda Sheldreck

Independent candidate for Ballyfermot-Drimnagh

How would you help get more housing built in the city – especially social and affordable housing?

Manifesto: Addressing the Housing Crisis and Disabilities in Ireland

Introduction: The intersection of the housing crisis and disabilities in Ireland demands urgent attention. As a society, we must recognize the rights and dignity of all citizens, including those with disabilities. This manifesto outlines key principles and actionable steps to address this pressing issue.

1. Recognize the Scale of the Crisis: Homelessness: The number of homeless individuals has reached alarming levels, with over 11,754 people living in emergency accommodation, including families and children. Shortage of Properties: Ireland faces a shortage of rental properties, affecting both tenants and prospective buyers. Affordable Housing: Access to affordable housing remains a challenge for many, exacerbating the crisis.

2. Inclusive Housing Policies: Disability-Inclusive Approach: Develop housing policies that prioritize accessibility, adaptability, and universal design for people with disabilities. Reasonable Accommodations: Ensure that reasonable accommodations are available to meet the specific needs of disabled individuals.

3. Increase Supply: Accelerate Construction: Commit to building more homes, especially social and affordable housing units. Collaborate with Builders: Address supply issues by collaborating with builders and incentivizing construction.

4. Social Housing Targets: Achieve Targets: Strive to meet social housing targets set by the government. Prioritize Vulnerable Groups: Allocate social housing to those most in need, including people with disabilities.

5. Affordability and Rent Control: Stabilize Prices: Implement effective rent control measures to prevent excessive price hikes. Affordable Rent: Ensure that rents remain affordable for all, regardless of disability status.

6. Accessible Communities: Community Integration: Develop neighborhoods that promote social inclusion and accessibility. Transport Links: Improve public transportation to connect disabled individuals with essential services.

7. Supportive Services: Home Adaptations: Increase funding for home adaptations to accommodate disabilities. Support Networks: Strengthen support networks for disabled individuals to maintain independent living.

8. Education and Awareness

How would you help improve conditions in existing housing, both social and privately rented?

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What would you do to help make the city feel less dirty, tackling the rubbish and dog poo all over the streets?

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What would you do to help tackle vacancy and dereliction?

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What needs to be done to make the city feel safer?

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What needs to be done to improve public transport in the city?

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What should be done to make it nicer and safer for people to get around the city on foot and by bike?

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What would you do to help counter the rise of the far right, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ+ hate, and anti-asylum-seeker arsons?

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