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Minister should do the decent thing and resign over latest homeless figures – Ó Broin

21 December, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to ‘do the decent thing and resign’ after the latest homeless figures show ‘yet another significant increase in adult, child and family homelessness.’ The Department of Housing’s November homeless report was published late yesterday evening.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Late yesterday evening, the Department of Housing published the November homeless report. It showed that last month there were 6157 adults, 3811 children, and 1728 families in emergency accommodation. That’s a total of 9968 people.

“All categories are up on the September figures. In November, there were an additional 158 adults, 86 children, and 19 families in the official figures.

“The annual increases are truly shocking. Since November 2017, adult homelessness is up 11.5%, child homeless up 14%, and family homelessness up 13%.

“And of course, these figures are a significant underestimation as they exclude many homeless adults and children in accommodation funded by other Government departments or wrongly removed from the Department of Housing’s figures by the insider earlier this year.

“The true figure of adults and children sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation is closer to 13,000.

“This is Eoghan Murphy’s record as Minister, ever increasing levels of adult and child homelessness. He should now do the decent thing and resign. Anything short of this will be yet another example of the Minister putting his own political career before the people he is meant to serve.

“We urgently need a new Minister for Housing and a new strategy for ending the homeless crisis backed up with increased resourced and the necessary policy measures to stop the flow of adults and children into emergency accommodation and reduce the time those that do become homeless spend in emergency accommodation.” 

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