Number of people in emergency accommodation rises yet again- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has once again called on Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to speed up the delivery of social housing to meet the growing number of people in emergency accommodation. The call comes as the Department of Housing published the December homeless figures showing yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The latest homeless figures published by the Department of Housing tonight show yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation.
“On that month 4643 adults were in emergency accommodation, an increase of 207 people on November.
“The number of families in emergency accommodation has remained at 1205 but the number of children has dropped by 44 to 2505.
“For the first time since these figures were collated we now have more than 7000 in Department of Housing funded emergency accommodation.
“This figure does not include adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence emergency accommodation, non-Irish nationals in emergency accommodation funded by the New Communities Unit of the Department of Social Protection or the 400 families trapped in Direct Provision despite having their Stamp 4 visas.
“Meanwhile the Government refuses to fully fund the purchase of up to 1000 houses offered for sale by AIB and PTSB. To date funding has only been approved for 200 of these units and contracts signed on only 30.
“Minister Coveney keeps telling us that money is not a problem in tackling the homeless crisis. Yet houses for sale that could house homeless families are not being bought.
“The Minister needs to either put his money where is mouth is and buy these 1000 units or explain to the Dáil the reasons why he has chosen not to take families out of emergency accommodation and put them into houses that tonight are lying empty.”