Homeless Families at risk of losing emergency accommodation over Christmas - Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has stated that, “the Government must state what plans it has in place for homeless families dependent on hotels that will close over the Christmas period.”
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Last week in the Dáil my colleague Martin Kenny asked Minister Fitzgerald what plans the Government had in place to ensure that families in emergency accommodation in hotels will be housed over Christmas.
“Minster Fitzgerald failed to answer the question and said the responsibility lay with local authorities. This is simply not good enough. Homeless families may be forced to vacate the hotels they are staying in as they shut for Christmas. Where will these families go?
“According to figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) there were 780 families, with 1608 dependents living in hotels across the Dublin region in quarter three of 2016.
“Has the Department of Housing any idea how many of these families are at risk of losing their beds due to hotel closures over Christmas? And has Minister Coveney a plan to house these people over the Christmas period or will they be dependent on the goodwill of friends and family? The government must outline what its plan is to ensure that none of these families will be forced to sleep rough this Christmas. “