THE NUMBER of homeless seeking advice from the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) has risen by 50 per cent, according to the CHAS annual report issued this week, The report, which covers the years 1990-91, reveals that 1,000 new cases were handled by CHAS last year alone, and that the majority of callers were female.
The Director of CHAS, Robina Rafferty, said " We need a new vision about housing, a cross-party consensus that enables us to tackle the housing crisis in a planned and sustained way. We need a new Beveridge Plan, and we need to begin now."
"CHAS's concern to achieve justice for homeless and badly housed people springs from faith," she said. "As Christians we believe that it is our duty to respond to the needs of those poeple in our society who are deprived of the basics."