Homelessness is on the rise in almost all European countries. One in 70 people in Athens are now homeless. Though the causes are diverse and vary in each case, housing costs are a consistent issue. In Dublin, the blame for rising rents has been levelled against both the rise of the tech scene and the influence of Airbnb encouraging skyrocketing short term rentals creating a shortage of supply.
Young people are particularly affected by this crisis and yet can be the very instigators of gentrification, with rising rents forcing families out of neighborhoods they have lived in for years and creating inequal cities. Digital platforms have provided a rallying point for housing rights activism, epitomised by the support for the occupation of Apollo House. But is it in fact the in-person community groups that affect most change?
Dublin is a rapidly expanding tech hub in Europe but also the centre of a massive housing crisis which is splintering the city into two very divergent realities. After reporting on the housing crisis in Dublin for VICE, I want to bring together activists, squatters and members of the tech industry to discuss how we address this crisis.
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