Number of Homeless children and families on the rise - Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused the government of utterly failing homeless families as the Department of Housing’s homeless figures for May indicate that there are now 2,777 children sleeping in emergency accommodation.
The Dublin Mid-West TD said:
“Despite all the promises and commitments made there are an additional 69 children in emergency accommodation in May 2017 and ten additional families. The number of homeless adults recorded as gone down to 4,922 a drop of fifty, however it is still substantial.
“The figures are rising despite the fact that there has been a significant increase in allocations out of homelessness and preventions into HAP in the last month. This clearly demonstrates that the government has not got the number of new families presenting as homeless each month under control. For every family that exits homelessness another is there to take its place.
“This is down to the government failing to get to grips with the scale of the problem and failing to introduce measures aimed at keeping families in their homes.
“I am calling on Minister Eoghan Murphy to urgently introduce an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act drafted by Focus Ireland last December, which was previously rejected by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
“This amendment would prevent buy-to-let landlords, who took advantage of substantial tax breaks when purchasing their properties, from issuing vacant possession notices to families when they want to sell the property. This measure alone would prevent more families from becoming homeless and would keep properties on the rental market.
“This should be done in conjunction with a more ambitious and aggressive vacant property purchase programme that would specifically target homeless families.
"Enough is enough. At what figure does the number of homeless children need to rise to before this government gets serious about providing sustainable solutions to the problem.”
Note:Please find link to May Homelessness figures below.