Further rise in capital’s homeless figures

by Rose Barrett
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Latest homeless figures released last week by the Department of Housing reveal the number of people in emergency accommodation has risen yet again, with 14,009 nationally and 10,216 in Dublin.

These figures represent an increase of 14pc nationally year-on-year with a 13pc in Dublin. The Dublin total of 10,216 represents 1,445 families, 3,188 children, and 4,527 single adults.

Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon noted these figures do not not include those rough sleeping, people in domestic violence shelters, refugees, and those sleeping on the streets seeking political asylum.   

Ms Kenny expressed her dismay at the concerning statistics, stating, “These increases are being driven, not by sustained high volumes of homeless presentations, but fewer people exiting homeless accommodation to tenancies. This is leading to more congestion in an already gridlocked housing system.

“These figures are disheartening and indicative of a systemic issue where the pathways out of homelessness are becoming increasingly elusive. Despite our unwavering efforts and those of our key partners, the housing landscape remains congested, hampering our ability to provide sustainable solutions for those in need.

Sinn Féin Leader on Dublin City Council and European election candidate for the capital Daithí Doolan, has said that the record-breaking homeless figures are further proof that the government parties need to be voted out of office.

The report, he claims, showed that for the third consecutive month, over 10,000 people in Dublin were in emergency accommodation, the figures just keep getting worse. 

“The April DRHE Report presents another dark statistic for Dublin City as a new record of 10,216 was set.
“That figure was 9,010 this time last year, and what is worse that it is nowbeing ‘normalised’. Despite the state-wide homeless figure reaching 14,000 for the first time on Friday last, it barely got 15 seconds of a mention on the RTÉ 6.1 News.

Ms Kenny added: “With a 43pc increase in homelessness in Dublin since the last local elections in 2019, a more grass-roots approach is now needed. It’s way past time for the general public to make homelessness and housing the top issues on polling day on June 7. 

“Housing is now a collective crisis in this country and in Dublin itself. It needs a collective solution. Dublin Simon welcomes the recommendations from the recently-published Housing Commission report which we believe provides a road map to housing solutions, if implemented.”

Dublin Simon called on newly formed elected councillors in June to increase targets to social housing and to prioritise those who are vulnerable and those in emergency accommodation into housing. To further ensure ring-fenced funding for one and two-bed units in residential developments and to fully use all capital funding available under the Department of Housing and Local Authorities to meet new social and affordable housing targets. 

Image: Homeless © Mark Gusev | Dreamstime.com

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