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Rough sleepers figures are tip of the iceberg – Ellis

30 April, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed a decrease in the numbers found sleeping rough in Dublin but said that the figure was only the tip of the iceberg. He made his comments after the release of the latest count of rough sleepers by Dublin City Council.

Deputy Ellis continued;

"I welcome that less people are sleeping on the streets than were at last count but this is a decrease from a record number of rough sleepers. In percentage terms, the decrease sounds great, but we still have 105 sleeping rough and 46 people sleeping on mats in the new Night Cafe operated by Merchants Quay.

“While the night cafe is an improvement on sleeping in a doorway, we still have 151 people in Dublin who are essentially rough sleepers. That’s only a decrease of 17 from last count.

“We also have an increase of 300 adults in emergency accommodation in the city, that’s nearly 2000 in all. Across the state there are 1000 homeless children sleeping in hotels.

“Some work has been done, but until we put in place follow on accommodation and begin to build, convert, refurbish and buy housing for these families and single homeless people, then we will not see anything but an increase in figures in the medium term." 

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