Homeless figures confirm another monthly increase- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that the latest increase in homelessness ‘is not surprising given the Governments inaction on measures to keep people in their homes’. Deputy Ó Broin also criticised the Minister for the delay in publishing the September figures and the decision to publish them "quietly on the Department website on a day when the media are focused on the Brexit Forum."
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The Department of Housing published their monthly homeless figures this evening. September saw yet another increase in the numbers of individuals, families and children forces to live in emergency accommodation.
“There were 4283 adults, 1173 families and 2426 children sleeping in emergency accommodation in September. That represents a significant increase on the previous month.
“These figures do not include those sofa-surfing or those refused access to emergency accommodation despite having no home of their own.
“Every single day more people are presenting as homeless. Home repossessions, vacant possession of buy-to-let properties, spiralling rents and family breakdown are the key reasons.
“Despite this the Government refuses to act on rent certainty or home repossession. They are also failing to provide sufficient long term housing through an aggressive programme of purchase of vacant units or to speed up the delivery process for social housing.
“Despite all his talk of understanding the situation and his series of high profile launches the Minister, like his predecessor, is failing to take the urgent action needed to keep people in their homes and to provide housing for those trapped in emergency accommodation.
“His Rapid Housing plan has been delayed, his Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill has not yet been published and so far this year only 103 council houses have been built.
“It is also deeply disappointing to see the Minister delay the release of the September figures and then quietly post them on the Departments web site late in the evening when the country's media is focused on the Brexit Forum. This smacks of trying to brush this bad news under the carpet.
“Minister Coveney’s Housing Action Plan is failing the 2426 children who are currently sleeping in emergency accommodation. These families can not wait any longer. The Minister needs to act now to stop the rise in homelessness and to reduce the number of adults and children dependent on emergency accommodation.”