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South Dublin Homelessness up 20% since October – Record number of people in emergency accommodation - Eoin Ó Broin TD

14 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


The number of households in emergency accommodation in South Dublin County Council has reached a record high of 550, up 20% since last October. There are now 222 men, 48 women, 11 couples and 269 families with children living in emergency accommodation in the South Dublin County Council area.

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West described the news as “shocking” and “a sign of the continued failure of Government housing policy”.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Single person and family homelessness has increased month on month since last October. There are now 550 households in emergency accommodation. This is a 20% on October when the last report was released by South Dublin.

“This level of homelessness is shocking and a clear sign of the continued failure of Government housing policy.

“There are now 222 single men, 48 single women, 11 couples and 269 families with children living in HUBs, hotels and other emergency facilities. This is completely unacceptable.

“In march a total of 505 households presented as homeless to the Council. Yet in the same month just 28 families were moved on to a permanent home.

“The Minister for Housing must release additional funds for Councils to buy turn key properties to get people out of emergency accommodation more quickly. He must also give greater protection to tenants facing homelessness as a result of eviction from the private rental sector.”

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