37% increase in rough sleepers in Dublin since 2011
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has condemned government cuts to homeless services and other social supports following the latest figures on rough sleepers in Dublin. The figures released by Dublin Region Homeless Agency showed that 35 more people were sleeping rough in Dublin this Spring than had been at the same time in 2011.
Deputy Ellis said;
“This government has presided over massive cuts to housing provision and homeless services. The budget for housing since 2008 has been cut by over 1 billion euro while demand is at an all-time high and people are struggling as rents go up and unemployment remain at unacceptable levels.
“This year Fine Gael and Labour committed to eliminate the need to sleep rough by 2016 as part of their homelessness policy statement. Good work is being done by voluntary bodies and charities but the state is not living up to its potential for providing a housing led approach to the problem and sufficiently funding initiatives to end rough sleeping.
“There is also a real need to support people ready to move out of emergency accommodation. This would make space for more people to be helped by homeless services and to begin the process of being housed. Cuts to the vulnerable as pursued by this government are a retrograde step in this aim.
“If the government is genuine in its aim to end the need to sleep rough they must put the funding into the services that will make this happen and support the people on the ground working with these very vulnerable people.”