Adult, Child & Family Homelessness Up Again - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that the ‘Government has set its face against tackling the homeless crisis’. The comments were made following the Department of Housing published the September homeless figures showing an increase in adult, child and family homelessness from August.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The September homeless figures published today by the Department of Housing show another monthly increase in adult, child and family homelessness.
“Last month 5,250 adults, 3,124 children and 1,455 families were living in Department of Housing emergency accommodation. This represents an increase of 28 adults, 40 children and 13 families.
“Despite all the rhetoric and spin it is clear that the Governments housing plan is not working. It is not addressing the root causes of the homeless crisis.
“Indeed it is clear from the detail of Budget 2018 that the Government has set its face against tackling the homeless crisis.
“Where is the action to reduce the flow of people into homelessness, such as limits on vacant possession notices to quit and restrictions on home repossessions?
“Why are only 600 of the 1,800 turn key properties offered for sale to Government being purchased? Surely more of these units could have been bought to get families and individuals out of emergency accommodation and into permanent secure homes.
“Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is trying to put a positive spin on the figures by focusing on the modest fall on the level of family homelessness in Dublin. While this fall is welcome it does not hide the act that across the state the total number of adults, children and families are tonight living in emergency accommodation”.