Child homelessness up almost 50% in 12 months – Minister’s position becoming untenable – Ó Broin
Speaking following the release of the February homeless figures by the Department of Housing, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that, “this is the single biggest increase in child homelessness on record”.
His comments come as the figures show that the rate of child homelessness has increased by almost 50% in twelve months.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The February homeless figures released today confirm that homelessness and in particular child and family homelessness is spiralling out of control.
“The total number of people officially homeless is 9,807 up 32% on the same month last year and up 8% on January 2018. That’s a monthly increase of 701 people.
“The number of homeless adults is 6052 up 24% on the same month last year and up 4% on January 2018. That’s a monthly increase of 215.
“The number of homeless children is 3755 up 47% on the same month last year and up 15% on January 2018.
“A shocking 488 children became homeless last month. That is the single biggest increase in child homelessness on record.
“The February figures show that the number of homeless families is now 1,739 up 40% on the same month last year and up 15% on January 2018. An increase of 222 families.
“Contrary to the claims made by the government in January that the rate of homelessness was slowing down, the figures for January and February show that it is in fact accelerating at dramatic pace.
“Minister Murphy has been in office for just eight months and, during that time, the homeless crisis has continued to spiral out of control. His response just like that of his predecessor is simply not working.
“If this rate of increase continues over the coming months, Minister Murphy’s position will be untenable. I am calling on both the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Children to make an urgent statement to the Dáil to outline what they are going to do differently in the coming months to address this crisis.”