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Only €4.8m of the €124m spent on homeless services in Dublin in 2017 went on prevention - Eoin Ó Broin TD

29 March, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the Dublin Region Local Authority Homelessness Financial Report End of Year 2017. 

The figures show that out of an overall spend of €124m; just €4.8m was spent on measures to prevent homelessness. 

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“The homeless financial end of year report for 2017 breaks down the spend on homeless services for 2017. 

"The majority of the funding for 2017 in the Dublin region was spent on emergency accommodation. Just over €97m was spent on accommodating people in hotels, B&B's and hubs.

“On the other hand just €4.8m was spent on homeless prevention and tenancy prevention measures. This is less than 4% of the total spend in the Dublin region for 2011.

“More must be done to help assist people to stay in their homes which will in turn stem the flow of families into homelessness. 

"There must be greater balance in the spend on homeless prevention and emergency accommodation services.

“It is clear that at the moment too much money is being spent on housing people in emergency accommodation, via commercial hotels and BnBs. 

“There are nearly 10,000 people homeless under Minister Eoghan Murphy’s watch. 

"This is unacceptable and it is inevitable that the number will continue to grow unless the government changes tack.

“There must be more investment in prevention and tenancy sustainment measures. Stronger protection for tenants at risk of homelessness must be introduced. 

“In Britain new legislation next month will place an obligation on local councils to step in and assist people faced with losing their home within a 56 day timeframe.

“The Minister should look at introducing similar measures here as soon as households receive a notice to quit.” 

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