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South Dublin Homeless Presentations Hit Record Highs – Ó Broin

20 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson and TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has described as “alarming” the latest homeless figures from South Dublin County Council. The figures show a record high in the number of people in emergency accommodation with 459 households including 199 families in emergency accommodation at the end of October. The figures also show the number of people presenting as homeless in October at a record high, with 358 households. The figures also show a significant increase in both new and repeat presentations.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“In October, households presented to South Dublin County Council as homeless. Of these, 194 were new presentations. There were also 536 repeat presentations.

“These figures are very alarming as they show a significant upward trend in the number both presenting and being placed in emergency accommodation.

“Any reading of these figures shows that the Governments response to the homelessness crisis just is not working. Minister Murphy admitted as much at the weekend when he said that the crisis would get worse before it gets better.

“In fact, this crisis will continue to get worse until the Government changes policy. We need action to keep people in their homes such as restrictions on vacant possession and substantial renovation Notices to Quit. We also need a more aggressive approach to get turnkey properties and vacant homes into use to get individuals and families out of emergency accommodation.

“Minister Murphy is just three months into his job but he is clearly out of his depth. Continuing with the failed policies of his predecessor Minister Simon Coveney is a recipe for disaster. We need a change of direction and a new sense of urgency if the Minister is to turn this crisis around.” 

Note: Please see the SDCC Homeless Services Unit – Monthly Management Report for October 2017 attached

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