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26 families on waiting list for emergency homeless accommodation- Cllr Ó Broin

17 February, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has described as a ‘disgrace’ the news that 26 families from across South Dublin County Council area are on a waiting list for emergency accommodation. A number of these families have been on this waiting list for months.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘There is a crisis in the provision of family emergency accommodation across Dublin. Since last year many families who present as homeless have to wait months before being placed in emergency accommodation.

‘As a result they are forced to sleep in cars, squat private rented after their Notice to Quit expires, or split their family up across their extended family.

‘The additional stress this causes the families in enormous. This is an absolute disgrace.

‘On January 31st of this year there were 23 families with 37 children waiting to be placed in emergency accommodation. This week that number has risen to 26 families with more than 40 children.

‘Some of the families have been on this waiting list since last year. 12 families presented as homeless in January alone.

‘It is simply not acceptable that when families present as homeless there is nowhere for the Council or Homeless Executive to place them. Central government needs to review this situation urgently and provide the funding required to ensure that no family is waiting for emergency accommodation.

‘There is also an urgent need to provide more emergency accommodation in South Dublin County Council area. Too many families are being placed in Dublin City Centre hostels far away from their children’s schools and their extended family support networks.

‘Families are continuing to present as homeless almost every single day. Bank repossessions and spiralling rents are forcing families out of their homes. The Government needs to take action, such as introducing rent controls, to stem the growing tide of family homelessness.’

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