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Eoin Ó Broin TD welcomes the drop in rough sleeper numbers in Dublin

20 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the significant drop in the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin from 184 in winter 2017 to 110 in spring 2018.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The drop in the number of people sleeping rough across Dublin is welcome. The hard work of the the voluntary sector service providers, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and the Department of Housing in recent months is paying off.

“There are now 40% less rough sleepers than there were in Winter 2017 and 30% less than last Spring. This represents real progress.

“Additional investment in emergency accommodation and the cold weather events resulted in a welcome reduction. However, this trend must continue.

“We also need to ensure that people are moved from emergency beds into the Housing First programme as soon as possible.

"Housing First is recognised as a permanent solution to rough sleeping that provides housing for homeless people with complex needs first instead of focusing on treatment first.

“Minister Eoghan Murphy must expand the number of Housing First tenancies to 1,000 beyond the 300 target set for 2017.”

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