Minister must publish April Homeless Figures this week – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to publish the April homeless numbers report this week. The Dublin Mid-West TD said that “failure to do so would show that the Minister, not content with manipulating the figures, is now in the business of hiding them”.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Last month, Minister Murphy had almost 600 adults and children living in temporary homeless accommodation removed from his Department’s homeless report. He also threatened to remove 200 more. Despite repeated calls to do so, he refused to provide any detailed explanation of where these families where and why they were removed.
“Information secured from a range of local authorities proved beyond any doubt that the vast majority of these families were living in temporary accommodation arrangements funded through the Council emergency accommodation budget. These were homeless families and should be counted as such.
“The April homeless figures are due out this month. Minister Murphy must publish them this week. Failure to do so would show that the Minister, not content with manipulating the figures, is now in the business of actually hiding them.
“The monthly homeless figures are an important measure of whether Government housing policy is working or not. They must continue to be published monthly and must include all homeless families in Section 10 funded temporary accommodation.
“If the Minister wants to review the methodology underlying the figures, I have no objection to that. However, such a review must address the exclusion from the monthly reports of those people in homeless hostels without government funding, women and children in Tusla funded domestic violence emergency and step down accommodation, and those languishing in Direct Provision as a form of emergency accommodation after getting their leave to remain.”