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The New Housing Crisis
 
# 16 : Wednesday 16-9-2015 @ 00:00
 
 
Someone said :
Modular housing units are proposed as a partial solution to the housing crisis. Personally, this option should be looked into but alone it won't solve the housing problem which is very complex.

Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/modular-houses-offe etc ...

Would you be prepared to live in one of these modular dwellings?

I certainly would,they look great.
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# 17 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 01:37
 
 
So it looks like the first modular houses will be built in Ballymun. So a 2010s housing experiment is being built in the midst of a (now thankfully regenerated) failed 1960s experiment.

I wonder who will be willing to reside in these modular dwellings?
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# 18 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 01:42
 
 
Disturbing report yesterday that spending on social or public housing has dropped 59%. This govt is pursuing social Darwinism. Time to restrict sale of public housing by councils. The Thatcherite agenda should not be applied to humanitarian needs like housing.


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# 19 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 11:24
 
 
Nama spending 5.6 billion, on the Docklands and could they not spend it building social housing?
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# 20 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 11:49
 
 
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Nama spending 5.6 billion, on the Docklands and could they not spend it building social housing?

They certainly spend more but we do need more apartments for professionals in the city, we need to attract smart people to work in Google etc.
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# 21 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 13:51
 
 
Someone said :

They certainly spend more but we do need more apartments for professionals in the city, we need to attract smart people to work in Google etc.

I understand that, but isn't the private sector sufficient to provide that and isn't Nama a state owned entity?
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# 22 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 16:34
 
 
Someone said :

I understand that, but isn't the private sector sufficient to provide that and isn't Nama a state owned entity?

It's a state owned equity that needs to make a profit. It's not meant to give money away.
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# 23 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 17:00
 
 
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It's a state owned equity that needs to make a profit. It's not meant to give money away.

It used taxpayers funds, to operate and should be giving it back to the state. It's the least that can be done, considering IBRC bailout funds are in a black hole and it is the taxpayers who bailed out all these people/groups/organisations etc.
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# 24 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 18:23
 
 
Someone said :

It used taxpayers funds, to operate and should be giving it back to the state. It's the least that can be done, considering IBRC bailout funds are in a black hole and it is the taxpayers who bailed out all these people/groups/organisations etc.

It does go back to the State or to pay the State's debt. Thats why it has to make a profit. But I do agree we need more social/affordable housing and the market has no interest in providing that.
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# 25 : Friday 4-12-2015 @ 18:57
 
 
Someone said :
So it looks like the first modular houses will be built in Ballymun. So a 2010s housing experiment is being built in the midst of a (now thankfully regenerated) failed 1960s experiment.

I wonder who will be willing to reside in these modular dwellings?

Seems to be working on the 'most desperate may apply' type of approach. Being from a community in which 282 Million was unspent on the identified and continually informed accommodation needs, really just highlights it all for me. Even when the funds are avail. - it doesn't mean people get access to the supports.

There is certainly a deep disconnect between peoples experiences and the system that is in place to support and home them.
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# 26 : Sunday 20-12-2015 @ 08:30
 
 
One good idea I heard on RTE recently was the Danish model or a graduated tax on hoarding land, which would increase in areas of higher demand. Its supposed to give builders an incentive to build rather than hoard.
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# 27 : Sunday 20-12-2015 @ 10:03
 
 
What about the German policy on housing, would it work here and they seem to have things under control. Why are those Modular homes so expensive, aren't they meant to be more affordable and quick to erect.
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# 28 : Sunday 20-12-2015 @ 12:15
 
 
The German system is far from perfect. There is a housing shortage in the major cities in the West and North of the country - places like Cologne, Hannover, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Dusseldorf whilst cities in the former East Germany have an oversupply of communist-era empty housing as people have moved from East to West for job opportunities.

Most people in Germany rent their housing over the long-term. Buying is seen as an option but not the norm. Many people save for years whilst working and renting and then buy a place upon retirement. There is complex legislation in place to protect tenants from profiteering landlords.

Apartments in Germany and other countries on the Continent are designed and built for families - decent sized rooms and lots of storage.

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# 29 : Sunday 20-12-2015 @ 12:28
 
 
Nearly everything in this Country is designed, to fleece the citizen and maximise profits at all costs.
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# 30 : Monday 21-12-2015 @ 19:35
 
 
During this festive period when we are celebrating Christmas and having fun, please do spare a thought for those who are homeless and/or sleeping rough each night.
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