Housing Conference October 2017
The South Dublin County Public Participation Network held our first Housing Conference on Monday, 2nd October where attendees got the opportunity to have an input into the South Dublin County PPN position on housing as the housing crisis of availability and affordability impacts upon South Dublin.
Conference Paper: Housing A Basic Need, A Human Right
This policy guide was developed by the Rights Platform in association with South Dublin Public Participation Network (PPN) as an aid to PPN representatives engaged in Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) or other committees and structures where the PPN has representation. It is also available to individuals and groups in South Dublin County involved in housing, accommodation and homelessness issues, and to those who are engaged in combating social exclusion and human rights because accommodation is an important contributing factor to poverty.
The purpose of this Policy Guide on Housing is to enhance the capacity of PPN representatives to contribute to discourse and decision-making on housing, an area where local authorities have considerable implementation responsibilities, with a view to determining the focus, shape and targeting of housing policy. The Policy Guide will also be useful in monitoring the delivery of housing/accommodation and housing supports in all its forms.
South Dublin PPN is determined that representative roles on SPCs and other structures will be both informed and proactive. Clearly this is easier said than done when most of the expertise and information is on the local authority side. For that reason the PPN agreed to measures to build the capacity of the PPN in general, and representatives in particular, on specific topics. This guide is a contribution to that ambition. We hope that this will be the first of a range of policy guides – health and education were others identified for future development. Poverty also needs to be better understood if we are to develop effective measures to address this at regional and local level. The Policy Guide is available to PPNs in other counties, and to community groups and NGOs groups across the country. All we ask is that you acknowledge the source.