Homelessness is a very hot political issue and will probably factor in the results in the next election. As such the government is doing all it can to get the numbers down. Building is slow & expensive, so the low hanging fruit is the existing stock. This will drive up rents for those renting and purchase prices for those buying. As those who are bothered to provide themselves their own roof are not well organised nor represented so I have no doubt this will continue. I think FG need to watch out for the silent protest though. Having said that though, those with the greatest assets, pensioners, must be delighted with the increase in the value of their homes.