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Adult, child and family homelessness up in October & 33% Increase in Rough Sleepers in Dublin - Eoin Ó Broin TD

22 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called on the Minister for Housing to make an emergency statement following the release of two new sets of data on homelessness. 

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive quarterly rough sleeper count revealed a 33% increase in the number of people forced to sleep on the streets in November.

The Department of Housing October report revealed that 8492 adults and children were   In emergency accommodation in October, up by 118 from September. The report shows an increase in adult homelessness of 48, in child homelessness of 70 and family homelessness of 8.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

"The reports released by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and the Department of Housing make for very grim reading. Rough sleeping in Dublin in November is up by 25% on the last count conducted in the Spring. Meanwhile the numbers of adults, children and families in emergency accommodation in October is up on the September inured.

"There are now 8,492 people, including 3194 children living in Department of Housing funded emergency accommodation. This figure does not include adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence refuge or step down accommodation or families with their leave to remain but trapped in Direct Provision hostels.

"Nothing the Government is doing appears to be working to get a grip on the homeless crisis. While Minister Murphy will no doubt point to the drop in emergency accommodation number in Dublin as a sign of progress, even this is doubtful as reports of homeless presenters being unable to access emergency accommodation are now widespread.

"To date he has set himself against measures designed to do both of these things. He needs to revisit the Focus Ireland Amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act to limit landlords issuing vacant possession notices to quit. He also need to increase the purchase of turn key properties."


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