Homeless figures show standard seasonal drop for December - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has described the drop in the numbers of families in emergency accommodation in December as ‘seasonal’ and cautioned against interpreting the latest figures as a sign progress on the part of the Government.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“I welcome any reduction in the number of adults and children in emergency accommodation.
"However what we are seeing in the December figures is the usual annual seasonal drop in the number of families with children that occurs every Christmas.
"An almost identical drop occurred last December.
“The latest figures show that there were 252 fewer children and 111 fewer families living in B&B's, hubs and hotels over the month of December.
"However the report also shows a rise of 37 in the number of single adults in emergency accommodation.
“As with previous months the number of families in so called ‘own-door’ emergency accommodation continue to be excluded from the figures despite these being seen as homeless by their Local Authorities.
“What today’s figures tell us is that the Government still has not got a grip on the homeless crisis.
"They are failing to stem the flow of families into emergency accommodation and are not getting homeless families into permanent tenancies fast enough.
“Minister Murphy can spin all he likes about planning applications and overpriced private sector commencements and completions.
"But as long as his government continues to under invest in public housing this crisis will continue.
“That is why hundreds of housing activists gathered today at CWU headquarters at the Raise the Roof housing conference calling for a legal right to housing and a dramatic increase in investment in public housing.
"The campaign also launched an online petition to demand a legal right to housing. You can sign the petition at http://www.ictu.ie/raisetheroofpetition.”