9,681 people in emergency accommodation due to government failures - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the March 2018 homeless figures which were published late today.
The figures show virtually no change in the number of people living in emergency accommodation as the government continues to fail those in housing need.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The Department of Housing published the March 2018 figures late this afternoon almost a week late.
“There was a marginal drop in the number of homeless adults and families with 17 fewer adults and 19 fewer families in emergency accommodation. However there was a marginal increase in the number of single homeless adults, which was up 12 to 3,633.
“I am glad there were 109 fewer children in emergency accommodation in March, but there are still 3,755 children sleeping in hotels and B&B's and Hubs across the state.
“Furthermore the official Department of Housing figures do not include adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence shelters and those trapped in direct provision centres who have their leave to remain but can’t access housing in the private market.
“Regarding the Minister for Housing’s assertion that there has been a 'categorisation error' uncovered that has been addressed this month. We will wait to see the detail of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive report on the matter.
“However it is hard to understand why such a mistake would have just occurred since January 2018 as the figures have been collated on a month basis since January 2016.
“If there has been a 'categorisation' error why is the Department only picking up on it now? And it begs the question have any of the official monthly reports been correct?"