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‘Rebuilding Ireland in crisis’ – Adult & child homelessness reaches all time high – Ó Broin

27 February, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Speaking following the release of the January homeless figures, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that “Rebuilding Ireland is in crisis” His comments come as the figures show the number of homeless adults and children passing 9,000 for the first time.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today, the Department of Housing published their homeless figures report for January 2018. The report shows a record number of adults and children living in emergency accommodation. This is the highest level of homelessness on record with dramatic increases in adult, child and family homelessness.

“According to the report in January, there were 5,837 adults, 3,267 children and 1,517 families in emergency accommodation. The total number of people officially homeless is 9,104, up almost 30% on January 2017.

“There are 329 more adults and 188 more children in emergency accommodation than in December 2017.

“Rebuilding Ireland is in crisis. The governments housing strategy is simply not working. In fact, it is making things worse. Adult and child homelessness is totally out of control.

“There has been an increase of 36% on the number of homeless children sleeping in emergency accommodation this January compared to January 2017. This is coupled with a 29% increase in family homeless over the same period.

“The Minister for Housing is clearly out of his depth and it is time for the Taoiseach to step in and take control.

“I will be calling on the Government to convene an emergency cabinet meeting to address the issue. We need a significant increase in investment in turn key properties. We need action on notices to quit to stop the flow of families and adults into homelessness.

“The Minister’s vain attempts to spin his way out of his own failure are deeply disappointing. There is no good news in today’s figures and Government needs to accept what it is doing is not working. We need significant policy change and increased investment in real homes not vacuous spin and crocodile tears.” 

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