Louise O'Reilly addresses Dublin homeless crisis as numbers double
Sinn Féin Dublin Fingal Dáil candidate, Louise O’Reilly, was among many highlighting Dublin’s homeless crisis outside the GPO yesterday, August 19th.
The Sinn Féin organised event, which took place from 12.30 – 1.30pm, was in response to the ‘skyrocketing number of evictions and repossessions in the capital rendering literally hundreds of families homeless, hopeless and desolate.’
Ms. O’Reilly said:
“There are now 556 families and 1,185 children using emergency accommodation in Dublin, and many others being put up by extended family and friends in completely unsustainable living situations. The case last week of a family with 3 small children sent to the streets with sleeping bags is a sadly accurate reflection of the crisis and the establishment’s inability to properly address the issue.’
Focus Ireland has revealed it has experienced a record number of families seeking their help in July, after receiving 77 referrals. So far this year, the organisation has had 466 families referred to it just shy of the 485 it worked with in all of 2014.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) said it is currently dealing with an "unprecedented" demand for its services. The number of adults and their dependants who are homeless has almost doubled since last July, according to the DRHE. Figures demonstrate that between April and June of this year, 1,975 adults were accommodated on a nightly basis.
‘This is a huge issue as we enter into the cold winter months, must we see more die on our streets? This is not the Ireland we envisioned in 2015. Rental caps, social housing and a serious review of bank repossessions of homes is paramount as the crisis escalates. 556 families and 1,185 children – every person counts and we will continue to put pressure on this government until something is done.’