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January figures show yet another rise in Homelessness- Eoin Ó Broin TD

20 February, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney of deliberately trying to “bury bad news” as the January homelessness figures released this evening show yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The January homeless figures published by the Department of Housing this evening show yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation. The number of households in emergency accommodation has increased by 84. 

“On that month 4,760 adults were in emergency accommodation, an increase of 117 people on December.

“The number of families in emergency accommodation has dropped by 33 and the number of children has dropped by 98 to 2407. This marginal drop in the number of children in homelessness is welcome. However this is clearly at the expense of single person households. 

“The January homeless figures can be in no way labelled as a success and government policy on homelessness is clearly failing. In sharp contrast to Minister Coveney’s bells and whistles re-announcements of his Housing Action plan, again the Minister has released these figures late in the day on the website with no press statement. 

“The Minister needs to reassess his ineffective approach to tackling homelessness. We need a more aggressive purchase programme for vacant homes. We need 1,000 new Housing First tenancies this year. 

“The Minister is always re- stating that the only way to truly tackling the housing crisis is to increase supply. His department needs to urgently review the long approval and procurement process in relation to social housing. The long four stage process must be shortened from 18 months to a one stage process that can begin delivering in six months.”

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