Jennifer Thompson

Social Policy Development Officer

Jennifer Thompson is Social Policy Development Officer with the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Jennifer works on a broad range of social policy issues, with a particular focus on housing and homelessness and energy poverty. She is responsible for advocacy, analysis and development of SVP policy as well as research on these policy areas.

Jennifer has an Arts degree in English and History from University College Dublin. Having had a long standing interest in development, she went on to completed her masters in Development Studies in 2003. Following her masters, Jennifer began working with Concern Worldwide, holding a diversity of roles for over 12 years, at both Head Office and overseas.

Blog Posts

  • Posted by Jen   on 16 January 2018 | 0 comments.
    A welcome increase in the minimum hourly wage but will this lead to increases in standards of living?
    A number of initiatives announced during the budget came into effect as of 1st January.
  • Posted by Jen   on 30 May 2018 | 0 comments.
    Ciara and her family - A hidden homeless story
    Ciara’s marriage broke down in 2014 and by 2016 the family home was sold, leaving Ciara and her four children without a place to live. Ciara returned to her parents house. Despite experiencing many of the same challenges as those living in emergency accommodation, the hidden homeless are not counted as officially homeless, and won’t qualify for many support services.
  • Posted by Jen   on 19 June 2018 | 0 comments.
    Reassessment of housing policy needed in Budget 2019
    There are many, complex reasons behind why an individual or family comes to leave, or lose, their home.
  • Posted by Jen   on 09 July 2018 | 0 comments.
    Certainty and efficiency in the face of increasing energy costs
     According to the latest Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 48% of people living in consistent poverty went without heating at some stage in the last 12 months due to cost and 29% were unable to afford to keep their house adequately warm.
  • Posted by Jen   on 20 June 2017 | 0 comments.
    Social and affordable housing urgently needed
    Ireland remains in the grip of a housing and homelessness crisis, exacerbated by the acute shortage of social and affordable housing. Increasing rents and shortage of accommodation is leading to situations of economic homelessness as the private rental sector is moving further out of reach for low income and increasingly average income families. Increased investment in the building and acquiring of social housing units is needed as a matter of urgency.
  • Posted by Jen   on 17 October 2017 | 0 comments.
    Limited sense of urgency and ambition for addressing the housing crisis
    Minister Donoghue’s Budget 2018 speech offered an assurance that housing remains a critical priority for the government. This was followed by an announcement of an increase in the housing budget to €1.9 billion – a 46% increase on 2017, the largest increase of budget for any government department. But how will this translate for the individuals and families that SVP’s 11,000 members visit, who are experiencing the stress and challenge of homelessness, overcrowding, rising rents, insecure tenancy arrangements and making do in poor quality and inadequate housing.
  • Posted by Jen   on 18 April 2017 | 0 comments.
    The continuing challenge of housing
    Low-income households are struggling to keep up with rising rents, and face the threat of eviction due to being unable to keep up with the rents or precarious tenancy tenures. Often hesitant to raise issues with landlords, SVP members are also reporting cases of families living in housing that is of extremely poor physical standards, including cold and damp as well as unreasonable withholding of deposits by landlords.

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