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Coveney ‘an abject failure in tackling the homeless crisis’ – Ó Broin

25 May, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that Minister Simon Coveney has been an abject failure in dealing with the homeless crisis. His comments come as figures released today show yet another increase in child and adult homelessness.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Minister Damien English confirmed to me this evening in the Dáil that the Department of Housing’s April homelessness figures show yet another rise in individual, family, and child homelessness. The latest data indicates that 4,972 adults and 2,708 children are now living in emergency accommodation. This is 145 more children living in department of Housing funded emergency accommodation than there was in March 2017.

“The scale of the homelessness problem is such that emergency accommodation services are now at capacity with 12 families having nowhere to go last Tuesday. Minister English confirmed during our exchange that there has been a significant increase in the number of families presenting as homeless since the start of the year.

“Government policy is failing families at risk of homelessness and those who are spending increasing periods of time in emergency accommodation. Under Minister Coveney’s watch, families are now spending up to two years trapped in inappropriate hotels and B&Bs.

“The Minister for Housing must do more to keep families in their homes. He must also secure emergency funding to put a roof over the heads of families that have been in emergency accommodation or more than six months.” 

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