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Increase in family homelessness shocking but not surprising says Sinn Fein’s Eoin Ó Broin

23 November, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the 45% increase in family homelessness in Dublin as ‘shocking’ but not ‘surprising’. The latest figures from the Dublin Homeless Executive show that the number of homeless families has increased to 1026 in October with 2110 children. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Once again the number of families and children in emergency accommodation in Dublin has increased. There has been a 45% increase since October 2015. 

“It is completely unacceptable that there are now 2110 children living in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Many of these children will spend up to two years in hotels or bed and breakfasts.

“This figure is shocking but unfortunately not surprising. The Government is not responding to the homelessness crisis with sufficient urgency.

“Minister Coveney needs to immediately provide emergency funding to the four Dublin Councils to buy the houses that families in emergency accommodation need. With further delays to the Rapid Build Programme the only solution is to purchase the homes.

“The Minister also needs to take action to stop the monthly rise in homeless presenters. Today I introduced the Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill which would provide tenants with greater protections resulting is less evictions and less homelessness.

“Unfortunately, to date Minister Coveney has set his face against such reforms. Unless immediate action is taken to increase the supply of homes now and to reduce the flow of people into homelessness the numbers will increase again next month.”


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