Editorial – The boundaries of endurance

first_imgAS the Minister for Finance took centre stage this week to detail what pain the people of Ireland will have to endure in the coming twelve months, there were Dickensian scenes being played out in the Treaty city. It’s frequently said that no-one in this country goes hungry. That is no longer true. This week in the Limerick District court, three middle-aged lone parents with no previous convictions were before the bench for stealing firelighters and milk. Not cigarettes, alcohol or luxury goods – foodstuff and the means to heat a home for their children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As this article is being written, the Corbett suicide prevention group were preparing to spend Wednesday night on the banks of the river Shannon in the firm belief that this is the budget that will push people beyond endurance and past the point where precious life holds any sweetness or hope.There can be few more painful situations than the one in which a parent cannot put milk in a baby’s bottle or light a fire to keep the bitterly cold nights at bay. So painful that to some, stepping off the poverty treadmill and into the river seems like the only option.Meanwhile, superannuated bank executives can sip good brandy before a roaring fire in the golf club, secure in the knowledge that despite some of their ilk having brought the economy crashing down, their pensions are sacrosanct.Earlier this week, Enda Kenny warned there would be difficult decisions to make and he hoped the people of Ireland would understand.It’s doubtful that the people who were – or were not – talked down off the bridge on Wednesday night will understand.And when it comes to difficult decisions, the decision whether to let a child go cold and hungry or break is the law is right up there on the list. Email Print NewsLocal NewsEditorial – The boundaries of enduranceBy admin – December 7, 2012 617 Previous articleSouthill quilt launched by ‘The Governor’Next articleDelorentos: band on the run admin Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

For Housing Assistance to Work, Communication Must Improve

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Save March 10, 2021 913 Views Home / Daily Dose / For Housing Assistance to Work, Communication Must Improve The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. 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From the national eviction moratorium to emergency rental assistance, these programs are working to keep people housed, however, according to researchers, the effectiveness of these tools depends on understanding and communication.”For these protections to work, landlords and tenants must take certain steps,” note Urban Institute research associates Laurie Goodman and Jung Hyun Choi.For example, the rental assistance program passed in December requires landlords, on behalf of a tenant, or tenants themselves to apply for assistance. The eviction moratorium requires both the landlord and the tenant to know the moratorium is in place.”We fear that these policies will not be as effective as they could be because too few mom-and-pop landlords and their tenants are aware of them,” Goodman and Choi wrote.A co-study by Urban Institute and Avail, a platform that periodically surveys its landlords and tenants, validated that concern. The results show that out of the 1,200 landlords and 2,500 tenants who responded, most landlords and tenants that Avail serves—who own or live in one-to-four-unit rental properties—were unaware of rental assistance, and most tenants do not know about the eviction moratorium extension.While landlords reported a higher level of awareness than tenants, but even for those property owners, the report showed, “awareness was modest.”Almost half (48%) of landlords knew about government-sponsored rental assistance, while 31% of tenants understood that assistance is available.Higher earning tenants ($100,000 a year) had somewhat higher awareness about programs—38%—than those with lower incomes.Responses indicated that information is not reaching the tenants who are in most need, the researchers said.”Landlords who have experienced rental income losses were more likely to know about the assistance, but tenants with challenges paying rent were less likely to know about the assistance.”Even among those who know about and who have sought assistance, misgivings abound, the study showed.”Landlords and tenants who applied expressed that finding assistance and uncertainty about whether they would receive assistance were major barriers. The lack of awareness of the program plus the lack of applications on the part of eligible landlords and tenants indicates adequate funding may not reach those in need.As for the recently extended nationwide foreclosure and eviction moratorium, most landlords know about it, while fewer than half of renters surveyed were informed.The researchers call some of their findings— low overall awareness and low application rates even among those who see themselves as eligible, for example—”disturbing.””It is especially concerning that the tenants most in need are less aware of both rental assistance and the eviction moratorium extension, which increases their possibility of eviction without having an opportunity to exercise their rights. More outreach is critical to ensure that both renters and landlords are aware of their options.”Read the full study at urban.org.  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more