Meeting the Housing needs and alternative housing solutions for older people now, will help solve the current issues and future-proof our housing stock for everyone for tomorrow.
Dublin, 4 June 2021 ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, has today put forward nine recommendations in their submission for the new housing strategy being devised by the Department of Housing. By outlining their essential age inclusive additions, ALONE want to prevent the catastrophic effects the current housing situation on the existing older cohort and the ageing population that follows.
ALONEurges the Minister for Housing and other members of government to listen and take direction from the organisation’s recommendations that outline solutions and plans to address Ireland’s housing crisis in the midst of a growing ageing population.
ALONE is calling for the following to be incorporated into the Housing for All strategy;
Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE has said, “The last year has brought world-wide attention to many existing and ever-increasing issues for older people. ALONE has continually called on Government to commit to delivering on requests for Housing for All options. We are heading towards generation after generation experiencing intensive and preventable housing issues that are already worsening today.
“These actions will make the best use of current stock, remove older people from insecure positions they are in, future-proof our housing stock, support younger people to get a home, help reduce the pressure in the rented sector, be more cost effective when building the right units in the right place and maximised cost versus benefit.
“Each of our nine asks will enable current older people and future generations, with medium to high support needs, to live in the community, with the additional support they need to live independently, or semi-independently. These asks will future-proof the present, imminent and next couple of decades of older people.”
Notes to the Editor
 ALONE, 2018. Housing Choices For Older People In Ireland – Time For Action. [online] p.5. Available at: https://alone.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Housing-Choices-for-Older-People-in-Ireland-Time-for-Action-1.pdf [Accessed 10 August 2020].
 The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, 2016. Housing conditions of Ireland’s older population: Implications for physical and mental health. [online] Dublin: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, p.12. Available at: https://tilda.tcd.ie/publications/reports/pdf/Report_HousingConditions.pdf [Accessed 28 May 2021].
 ALONE, 2018. Housing Choices For Older People In Ireland. [online] ALONE, p.7. Available at: https://alone.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Housing-Choices-for-Older-People-in-Ireland-Time-for-Action-1.pdf [Accessed 21 July 2020].
 Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service, 2021. Attitudinal survey of mature homeowners. [online] Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service. Available at: https://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/20201020-IGEES-Mature-Home-Owners.pdf [Accessed 20 May 2021].
 Central Statistics Office, n.d. Census of Population 2016 – Profile 1 Housing in Ireland. [online] Central Statistics Office. Available at: https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-cp1hii/cp1hii/tr/ [Accessed 10 May 2021].
 ALONE, 2018. Housing Choices for Older People in Ireland. [online] ALONE, p.8. Available at: https://alone.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Housing-Choices-for-Older-People-in-Ireland-Time-for-Action-1.pdf [Accessed 29 April 2021].
 Central Statistics Office, 2020. Private Households in Permanent Housing Units 2011 to 2016. Central Statistics Office.
 Accessed through Social Justice Ireland; Data extracted from NESC (2014) Home Ownership and Rental: What Road is Ireland On?; Malone (2019) Housing in Ireland: changing trends in headship rates and tenure by age group
 Analysis of Department of Housing reports on numbers accessing emergency accommodation from 2014 – 2017 at the end of year.
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