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Dublin Homeless Figures ‘Deeply disturbing but not surprising’ – Ó Broin

1 September, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the latest Dublin family homeless figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive as ‘deeply disturbing but not surprising’. The Dublin Mid-West TD was responding to the latest Dublin figures which show an increase of 150 children in emergency accommodation in July from the month previous.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Dublin family homeless figures released today are deeply disturbing but unfortunately not surprising. They demonstrate yet again that the government has not only failed to get to grips with the homeless crisis but that its actions and indeed inactions are making things worse.

“There are now 1178 adults with 2427 children in emergency accommodation in the Dublin region. This is an increase of 150 children since June; the largest ever increase in the number of children without a home.

“The figures also show two other worrying trends. The numbers of families with children in commercial hotels and BnBs has risen to 753 despite a commitment to transfer these families into HUBs, HAP accommodation or permanent Council housing by the end of the summer.

“The figures also show that only 48 families have been moved into HUBs, purpose built family emergency accommodation, despite a commitment from Eoghan Murphy to have at least 200 families in such accommodation by the end of the summer.

“There are two reasons why the family homeless crisis is getting worse. The government is not going enough to stem the flow of families into homelessness. They are also not buying enough homes to move people from emergency accommodation into permanent housing.

“I am urging the Minister for Housing to reconsider the Focus Ireland amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act which his party and Fianna Fáil refused to support last December. This would restrict the grounds on which a landlord can seek vacant possession of a property they he or she intends to sell.This would go a long way to keeping vulnerable tenants in the private sector.

“I am also calling to the Minister to explain why of the 1100 homes offered to Government to purchase by AIB, BOI and PTSB last year, only 300 have been bought to date. If he wants to get people out of emergency accommodation, he must adopt a more aggressive approach to purchasing turn key vacant homes for people who are homelessness.

“Minister Murphy must come out today and make a statement on the latest Dublin homeless figures and outline what he is going to do from now to start to tackle the deepening homeless crisis.” 

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