Dramatic rise in child homelessness in September - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the Department of Housing’s September homeless figures which show a dramatic rise in child homelessness.
The number of homeless children is now at 3,829. This is 136 more than August 2018.
Deputy Ó Broin said
“The September homeless figures published this evening show an increase of 35 adults and 136 children, in emergency accommodation in September.
“In total there are now 9,698 people accessing emergency accommodation services across the state.
“This figure is not even a true reflection of those in Department of Housing funded accommodation as 1,600 people have been removed from the figures over the past few months at the request of the Minister for Housing.
“We know from speaking with various local authorities that the families removed from the figures are still accessing homeless services and are in section ten funded accommodation.
“It is deeply disappointing that Minister’s tardy practice of releasing bad news homeless figures late in the working evening has re-emerged.
“Once again I am calling on the government to do more to tackle the causes of homelessness.
“The Focus Ireland amendment would help families to stay in their homes. It is an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act which would prevent buy to let landlords who benefited from tax breaks from issuing vacant possession notices to quit when selling their property.
“We need to see a more aggressive plan for the purchase of turnkey properties for families to move into.
“I will be raising this with the Minister for Housing tomorrow.”