Rising homeless figures extremely worrying - Ellis
Speaking at Focus Ireland’s annual report launch, Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis welcomed the 52 long term housing units and 19 short term transition units for people who were previously homeless, in Stanhope Green but found Focus Ireland's homeless figures very worrying.
Deputy Ellis said
“The most recent homeless figures show that there were 6525 homeless of whom 2300 were children and 1130 families. In fact 90 people a month this year have become homeless, which is up from 60 a month last year.
“This is an extremely worrying situation as the Focus Ireland report says that 2015 was the worst year so far for family homelessness and all indicators are showing that 2016 will be worse.
“A private sector solution to this emergency will not be able to deal with the upward trend of homelessness. That is why we must look beyond the private sector and towards Government and council intervention to provide the long term solution to this crisis - they need to build more houses.
“Once again I will reiterate my call for the government to call a housing emergency and immediately start funding local authorities who can then contribute positively in solving what has become a byword for the inability of a government to help its citizens to a basic right - housing.“