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Minister’s Homeless Figures ‘not worth the paper they are printed on’ – Ó Broin

29 November, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that the October Homeless report from the Department of Housing ‘isn’t worth the paper it is written on’. The report released today shows an overall increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation to 9,724. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Department of Housing’s homeless figures for October show an increase of 130 adults accessing emergency and transitional accommodation on the previous month.

“The figures also show a drop in the number of families by 44 on the previous month to 1,709 and a drop of 104 children to 3,725 which is welcome.

“However, the real number of people sleeping in emergency accommodation or on the streets is unfortunately much higher.

“If you include rough sleepers, adults and children in hostels not funded by Government, women and children in Tusla funded domestic violence refuges, former asylum seekers trapped in Direct Provision, and adults and children wrongly removed by Minister Murphy from the figures in recent months, the real homeless figure is closer to 12,000.

“The level of political manipulation of the figures by Minister Murphy means that’s today’s report is not worth the paper it is printed on.

“The Government must urgently convene the data sub group of the homeless consultative forum involving all Departments who fund emergency and transitional accommodation, homeless service providers and academic experts to agree a way forward. The responsibility for publishing the monthly reports must then be handed over to an independent body such as the CSO or Housing Agency.” 

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