Minister Murphy changing the definition of homelessness to bring numbers down - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has criticised Minister Murphy’s ongoing attempt to “alter the definition of homelessness in order to bring the figures down”.
The Dublin Mid West TD said that “the vast majority of adults and children removed from the March homeless report are homeless and should be returned to the figures”.
Speaking today during questions to the Minister for Housing Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Instead of working to resolve the causes of homelessness Minister Murphy is now attempting to alter the definition of homelessness in order to bring his Department’s figures down.
“People sleeping in emergency accommodation are homeless. They have no lease and no tenancy agreement with either a private landlord or the local authority.
“The Ministers claim that people who have been left languishing in emergency accommodation for up to two years should no longer be deemed homeless is astounding.
“The vast majority of adults and children removed from the March homeless report are homeless and should be returned to the figures
“In fact the Department of Housing monthly homeless figures are an underestimation of the true levels of homelessness. They don’t include the 1,562 women and 2,223 children in Tusla funded domestic violence shelter accommodation.
"They don’t include the 520 people with leave to remain who are trapped in direct provision effectively using it as emergency accommodation.
"They don’t include the more than 100 adults and children in emergency shelters like Morning Star and Regina Coeli because these hostels don’t receive any government funding.
“The Minister is attempting to lower the bar. Having an accurate picture of the number of adults and children in emergency accommodation is important as it is the only way to know if the problem is getting better or worse.
"The Minister’s attempt to alter the definition of homelessness in order to bring the figures down is wrong and must be reversed.”