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Drop in homeless figures in December welcome, however still over 3,000 children in emergency accommodation - Eoin Ó Broin TD

19 January, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Housing, Eoin Ó Broin, has welcomed the drop in homeless figures for December, but has warned Minister Murphy not to lose sight of the fact that 3,079 children are still living in emergency accommodation.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The December homeless figures, released this morning, show that adult, child and family homelessness is all down compared to the previous month.

“The figures indicated that during December there were 8, 587 adults, 3,079 children and 1,408 living in emergency accommodation.

"The latest numbers are welcome though it must be noted that there has been a 23% increase in the number of children in emergency accommodation in the last twelve months. 

“I sincerely hope that these figures reflect a downward trend and not a one off Christmas dip as families and friends accommodate loved ones over the festive period.

“To turn this one month drop into a genuine trend the Minister must do more to tackle the crisis. 

"Landlords issuing vacant possession notices to quit when selling their property are the single biggest driver of family homelessness. 

"The Government must end its opposition to tabling legislation to deal with this issue. 

“The government must also adopt far more ambitious Housing First targets. Under Rebuilding Ireland only 200 additional Housing First tenancies have been created Minister Murphy should make a commitment to increase the number to 1,000.

“Also not enough is being done to purchase turnkey homes, not for sale on the open market, to get families out of emergency accommodation. 

"1,800 properties have been offered to the Government in the last 12 months with just 429 purchased.

"These three actions if implemented in a consistent and ambitious way would have a real impact on the homeless crisis."

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